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Einstein’s Bagels Leaving, Java City to Replace

default article imageCome next fall, students will no longer be able to grab a bagel in the lobby of Plangere.

Einstein Bros Bagels will be removed and replaced by Java City, the latter of which is moving from the Rebecca Stafford Student Center in exchange for another franchise.

Einstein’s has been a place of conveniences for on-the-go students over the years. Fresh baked bagels, muffins, and cinnamon rolls, along with Chicago bagel dogs, fresh sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, fruit cups and hot coffee are what the franchise offered.

“As a graduating senior this doesn’t really affect me at all, but I do feel bad for incoming freshman who never got to have Einstein’s and also for the sophomores and juniors who are now going to have to get used to not having it right there for them anymore,” said Jessica Fina, a senior.

There had been rumors last year that Einstein would be leaving the University’s campus, but when no action was taken, students and faculty thought it was here to stay. “All I know is it’s going to be a sad day,” said one Einstein’s employee who wished to remain anonymous. “I opened this place and now I’m closing it.”

Some students, mostly freshmen, are unsure how they feel about the news “I’m a freshman and only got to have Einstein’s for one year, but I feel like I’m going to miss it, especially when I’m running late to class and craving a bagel!” said Lauren Callandrillo, a first-year student. “Java City is good too though so I’m not too upset.”

While some students are unsure of their feelings regarding the removal of Einstein’s, a different perspective was taken by Chris Spirito, a senior. “The bagels were mediocre at best, the sandwiches were terrible [and] pretty much everything was overpriced for a college demographic,” he said. “I don’t find it surprising that they are going out of business. It’s time for a healthier and college budget-friendly food place. Unfortunately, I won’t be around to enjoy it.”

The new business to fill the location was recently decided. “In Java’s location at the Student Center we are bringing in a national franchise- Raising Cane’s,” said Edward Gomez, Senior Food Service Director at the University.

Raising Cane’s serves chicken finger meals. The menu at Raising Cane’s is limited, but a no clutter menu is what they pride themselves on. “I don’t know how I feel about the new place they are putting in Java City” said Casey McCabe, a sophomore. “I don’t see why we need a chicken fingers place when we have that in the Student Center. I g uess we will see.”

There has been no clear answer as to why the University has decided to get rid of the Einstein Bros Bagels franchise, but Gomez assured that “all of these changes have been approved by the University as well as SGA.” Whether or not students approve of these changes has yet to be seen.