A new dining venue, Burger '37, is replacing Sbarro in Squires Food Court, per feedback from the student body.
Feedback from the Dining Services Student Advisory Council, a group of students that meets monthly to share the student perspective with Dining Services, suggested Tech students valued food that was portable, and that there was already an excess of pizza places on campus.
“We thought now was a good time to install a better offering to the students,” Faulkner said. “What came out of (the advisory meetings) was a burger concept, and in the spring semester we actually brought them in to sample the burgers, shakes, and fries and got feedback. We’ve actually had multiple tasting and samplings on campus with students.”
Dining Services structured the menu according to student preferences and used data collected from additional research to cook up the idea behind Burger '37.
“We actually took a trip with some management members to Northern Virginia and visited some highly rated burger concepts up North,” Faulkner said.
Brian Grove, Associate Director of Dining Services, said that Burger '37 would include many features unique to the restaurant.
“Basically, we’re going to feature great burgers, great shakes and great fries,” Grove said.
Students can expect standard cheeseburgers with beef patties as well as turkey burgers and a gluten free vegetarian burger option.
Burger '37 will also feature a large assortment of flavor-infused condiments, including spicy citrus coconut mayo, mango habanero mayo and jalapeno cilantro ketchup.
“It’s probably going to be similar to other gourmet burger concepts,” Grove said. “Dining Services is looking at a lot of options to be sustainable with the shop. We’re still in the early stages of figuring out the items. We’re probably going to move forward with a lot of compostable paper containers.”
Burger '37 is not slated to open until spring 2014, according to Faulkner. Dining Services is still figuring out a lot of things, but directors Faulkner and Grove are taking student satisfaction very seriously in the process.
“There’s a lot of money that goes into these meal plans,” Grove said, “So we want to make sure that we look into a lot of different options to make Burger '37 meet student needs.”