As the academic year begins, construction remains ongoing on the new Steak ‘N Shake but is expected to open before midterms.
Jennifer Kelly, assistant to the provost for academic support and auxiliary services, said the space is projected to open near the end of September or early October. Reconstruction of the area began in the summer and is set for completion during this semester.
The restaurant will replace The Grill in its former space on the first floor of the Friedman Student Union.
Like other eateries on campus, the new restaurant will accept students’ declining balance and SOGO cards as well as cash and credit cards.
Kelly said the university chose Steak ‘N Shake to replace The Grill because they wanted to have “a name brand that was not already in town that offered a variety of items with price points that are affordable for the students and the community.”
Sophomore Avery Tibbets said she is excited about the new restaurant. She said the Steak ‘N Shake will be a revamp on The Grill.
Kelly said as of now there are no plans to add other restaurants in the near future.