With the opening of Steak n’ Shake in the student union, students will no longer be able to eat at Vic’s for dinner. Vic’s main line and pizza area will close at 2:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Subconnection as well as sections for grab-and-go items will close at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All of Vic’s will still be open until 2 p.m. on Fridays.
Steve Kauf, general manager of Sodexo, said the main reason the hours have been cut is because there is generally very little business after lunch. Kauf said Vic’s used to close at 2 p.m. every day, but two years ago, Sodexo agreed to keep Vic’s open until 7 p.m. to try to get more people in the student union.
“When The Grill closed this year, I decided instead of going back to closing Vic’s at two at the beginning of the year, we’d keep it open until Steak n’ Shake opened,” Kauf said.
As the semester goes along, Kauf said sales at Vic’s tend to slow down.
“By the end of the semester, even last year with The Grill, we were only serving 10 or 15 people after 3:00,” Kauf said.
A few students have voiced concerns about the new hours. Some students will miss having the option to eat at Vic’s for dinner. Although Steak n’ Shake is open later, many students have dietary restrictions, and others simply want to eat something healthier than fast food.
Chrisshine Matthews, freshman, said it will be more difficult for her to eat on campus now.
For some students, however, the change has gone unnoticed. Sydney Bulot, junior, said she never really ate at Vic’s after lunch anyway.