Details on the Wildcatessen's New Digs
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
September 12, 2007
Here’s what the Wildcatessen did during summer vacation: it got
bigger and better.
The quick-eats/mini grocery store adjacent to Stillings Hall not only
doubled its square footage but it increased its food offerings and light
grocery line and, at the same time, added more seating.
What’s new? The produce section. The Frialator. Toasted subs. Seven
freezer cases. And hot Campbell’s soup. Oh, they’ve also extended
their hours and are now open until 1 a.m.
“The kids are very excited,” says manager Donna Aube. “Of
course, the freshmen don’t know the difference but the returning
students are really happy. And they love the fryolator.”
That’s because they can now order waffle fries or onion rings to
go with their hot, cold or sandwiches and toasted subs. Or chicken tenders.
And if there’s no time to wait, they can make their selection from
a case full of ready-made sandwiches and salads.
The new produce section is full of salad fixings--assorted greens, radishes,
cherry tomatoes, Portabello mushrooms, cucumbers—and fresh fruit
including whole pineapples and cantaloupes and apples, oranges and peaches.
That’s also where shoppers will find the sushi and three different
kinds of hummus.
“We also tried to add more items for the vegetarians,” Aube
says. “We now have one whole freezer section devoted to natural food.”
The old Wildcatessen had one small freezer section. Now there are multiple
cases offering all kinds of foods. Iced coffees and lattes are also new.
You can even buy a Wiffle ball set, a laundry basket or a desk lamp.
“We are very excited to unveil the new Wildcatessen with its expanded
convenience selections and new made-to-order food concept. Our remodel
features almost 200 percent more convenience item display space and a new
dedicated space for preparing the items our guests indicated they wanted,
like toasted sandwiches and grilled specialties,” says Jon Plodzik,
director of dining service.
“Now open every night until 1 a.m., we already have seen an increase
of 35 percent in business from last year, a trend we hope continues as
we better serve the campus community,” he adds.
The Wildcatessen is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.,
and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.