Two dining facilities will close permanently March 7 because of campus construction, but other dining options will be available, such as a hot dog cart, said the marketing manager of Dining Services.
The space will be used for office spaces that are now in Reed, Abato said.
Edens cashier Lilly Parrish said she doesn’t want Edens to close.
“What are we going to do?” Parrish said.
A farewell tour will be held March 3 to 7, celebrating the closing of Edens and Deco Deli, said Rick Flores, the general manager for Dining Services at TCU.
Events will include a photo opportunity with a popular Edens employee, Peter Thipp, Abato said.
“I work here everyday and I’m sad for the closing,” Thipp said.
Each day will have a different theme, a night of music at Edens and T-shirt giveaways, as well as a chance for students to be a Deco Deli lady for a day, Abato said.
Junior finance and accounting major Nikita Ostrovsky said she is concerned about the limited dining options on campus.
Soon there will be two fewer options to eat, which lowers the diversity among dining choices, Ostrovsky said.
“I think the closing will affect lots of students,” Ostrovsky said. “People really like the food at Edens, and not everyone likes the fried food at The Main.”
The Main will soon be tweaking its menus and will serve salads for lunch and made-to-order sandwiches for dinner to accommodate dining patrons accustomed to Edens and Deco Deli, Abato said.
“We’re going to try very hard to give the students the foods they are used to and to accommodate their needs now that Edens and Deco Deli will be gone,” Abato said.
Another effort to provide additional meal options is a hot dog cart in front of the library that will be set up for a trial run before Spring Break. If all goes well, the cart will remain for the rest of the semester, Abato said. The cart, which will accept cash and meal cards, will offer vegetarian options and soups in addition to hot dogs, she said.