New hotspots around campus
September 1, 2009 9:40 PM
Students and faculty this semester can say hello to a handful of new and hip places to visit on campus.
Over the summer SF State underwent a few renovations: new restaurants, remodeled cafés, modified menus and a unique bike path connecting campus to the Stonestown Galleria.
This fall, the Cesar Chavez Student Center will welcome Tuk-Tuk Thai SF, a new restaurant in the lower conference level, right next to The Pub. Offering lunch combos and specials like Pad Thai and Sweet Chili Salmon, along with Thai Iced Tea and Coffee, the restaurant's grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 11.
This summer Café Rosso was forced to close for a few days in order to begin remodeling. To avoid overcrowdedness and help distinguish between the two order lines, the left side is now reserved for all pick-up orders. In addition, they updated their menu and now brew Peet's Coffee and sell BBQ Cheeseburgers with garlic fries.
Those searching for a place to enjoy a meal or to get a quick cramming session in before class can find additional seating in the west plaza of the student center. After clearing regulations with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a total of 14 tables with chairs were installed and completed in July.
The money used for the installation process was funded by the student center after meeting their budget limit.
"It wasn't just the Board of Directors' decision, but the students', too," said Retail and Commercial Services Manager Neha Shah. "We have to be careful with money we spend; we're here for the best interest of our students and what they need is our priority."
"I think it's better and makes it look more like a campus," added junior Carmen Leung. "It's definitely better than before."
Through the west plaza entrance to the student center, near the bookstore, both new and returning students can prepare to greet the Whole Foods-inspired food store -- Healthy U.
The concept of Healthy U is similar to Whole Foods, offering all-natural and high quality organic products in an effort to promote a healthier education at SF State. Aiming for a more contemporary look to match the theme, SF State hired a designer to put up pictures of fruits and vegetables along the walls inside the store. Healthy U is scheduled to open sometime this week.
"I prefer organic foods but when I go to school there's always pancakes and soul food cooking everywhere," said Rachel Christensen, a senior in the kinesiology program. "It's pretty exciting to know that I can buy an all-organic meal without having to venture off campus."
For cyclists, however, venturing off campus is quite usual on a daily basis. This November, once the repairs of a few minor leaks in the cement are finally completed, students can say goodbye to the ongoing construction happening in the student center.
With one less build up in the way, cyclists now have the opportunity to take a different route to the Stonestown Galleria without ever having to go onto 19th Avenue.
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