Students can now use one of their meal swipes from Market Square to get an item off the late night menu from 1873 Café & Sports Grill between 9 p.m. and midnight.
Michael Dahl, director of operations of TCU Dining Services, said the meal equivalency swipe is only good Sundays through Thursdays. Students can only use one swipe per night, but there is no set number of swipes a student can use for the entire semester, he said.
The deal is available for students with unlimited meal plans, he said.
Dahl said the program grew out of a conversation he had with Director of Housing & Residence Life Craig Allen and Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life Heather Miller about how to reduce the number of students in Market Square.
The program started Sept. 1, he said.
Dahl said the 1873 Café & Sports Grill cooking staff created the restaurant's new menu.
“We have breakfast, street food, American classics, some vegetarian items; we tried to cover as much as we could,” he said.
Some of the items on the new menu are breakfast tacos, cheeseburgers, quesadillas and pulled pork or brisket tacos.
Dahl said he had not yet discussed expanding the meal swipe program to include other items.
However, dining services was open to looking at how the program might be run in the future, he said.
Dahl said he thought the new meal swipe program would positively impact 1873 and that the new program would bring more students in to try the food.
Student reaction to the new swipe menu has been positive, he said. The new menu was “almost world-famous.”
Sophomore chemistry major Michael Zeiser said he goes to 1873 nearly every night to use the swipe to purchase a menu item.
“I love the idea that from 9 to 12 we can come get another meal,” he said.
Sophomore music education major Henry Brown said he enjoyed using the swipe to get a meal, although he had only done it twice so far.
“[The meal swipe program is] actually quite nice because I’ve used up all my Frog Bucks, so it’s really nice being able to come here late at night after a night of studying and get food,” he said.