As Panthers get back into their campus routines and return to their favorite food hotspots, they might notice a few new things. While preparing for an increase of hungry Panthers on campus, the university and dining partner Chartwells have been beefing up FIU's offerings.
"We've been behind the scenes trying to make sure we are revamping our locations, and also making sure we are putting in COVID-19 protocols so that when [more] students and faculty get back on campus, we are ready to go," says Josue Rodriguez, Chartwells Director of Marketing and Guest Experience at FIU.
There are two new dining options at MMC: Pincho Factory, a popular South Florida burger chain, and an original Caribbean concept called Cabana.
"It's exciting to be working here while more people are coming back. We have been hiring new people, training them and making everything easier. It’s like a new adventure, a new challenge," says Tania Delgado, a chef for Chartwells at FIU.
Also at the main campus, Cafe Bustelo and Pollo Tropical have been redecorated, and Chili's patio has received upgrades that promise to make the outdoor space a prime spot for student events.
The Biscayne Bay Campus has also received its share of upgrades. A Chick-Fil-A is being built. And a new Vicky Bakery concept has been constructed in AC-1. The establishment will offer empanadas and signature sandwiches from the chain's menu. It also contains a painted mural that promises to be a fun backdrop for selfie-takers at BBC.
Here is a sneak peek at FIU's newest and refreshed restaurants. Photos by FIU photographer Margi Rentis.
Over the last year, Chili's back patio has been renovated with the hopes of making it a top notch location for student activity on campus. New features include:
- A sound system for live bands, open mic nights and DJs
- Televisions to watch FIU sports on
- Giant Jenga and other games
- An illuminated pathway that leads to the Student Academic Success Center