By Sean Allender–
Recent renovations to the SAC dining hall have given students the ability to enjoy their meal in a new environment. Chick-Fil-A, initially located on the second floor in the Swain Student Activities Center, has been relocated to the first floor in a freshly modernized space.
The newly renovated location took over what used to be the university bookstore. With this new location brings new attitudes, according to student Gus Farmer.
“Being located on the first floor of the Student Activities Center, I am able to quickly grab a bite to eat and be on my way,” Farmer said. “You don’t have to deal with the hassle of stairs or finding a place to eat, and there seems to be a lot more room, both for people to sit and eat and just the amount of space in general feels natural and relaxing.”
While establishing a connection with their new environment, students have a variety of other restaurants to choose from. Chick-Fil-A was at the top of this list, controlling much of the student body on a busy afternoon. Since the amount of people in each restaurant line differed considerably when compared to Chick-Fil-A, it was time to find someone who could provide and explanation.
Cody Aubrey said, “The reason the line for Chick-Fil-A is longer than the others is because of familiarity, people don’t want to try something new when they’re so well acquainted with what they have. Once I heard Chick-Fil-A had re-opened, I haven’t really ventured out to another restaurant.”
Chick-Fil-A now offers its own dining area. The new restaurants share a dining area.
With U of L students becoming acclimated to their new dining hall environment, it provides them a comfortable place to eat and relax. They say they have found a place where they can focus on their school work and organize plans for the day.
Aubrey and Farmer said the new dining hall allows visitors to appreciate their new setting and unwind.