Thank the dining staff for their work during the pandemic Monday, Mar 8 2021 

By Catherine Brown–

University of Louisville’s dining staff deserve appreciation for the work that they do to feed students, faculty and staff every day. 

On Feb. 17, U of L Dining announced their decision to reduce dining hours across nearly every restaurant on campus. With that decision came the closures of Louie’s Corner, Einstein Bros. Bagels and Chick-fil-A at HSC Commons.

According to U of L Dining, this decision was made regarding lower rates of students on campus due to COVID-19.

Students were not happy with the decision.

Several students replied to the Instagram post with #FreeEinsteinBros and demanded that the university reinstate the chain’s previous operating hours.

Einstein Bros. is a favorite dining option for many students on campus. The chain operates at early hours, which allows students in early morning classes or athletics to grab breakfast before class or practice. Many students depend on Einstein Bros., the Ville Grill, and Chick-fil-A to start their day.

Destiny Smith, a sophomore nursing major, says that Einstein Bros. has been her go-to breakfast spot when she has 8 a.m. classes.

“The staff at Einstein Bros are so nice, genuine, and funny,” said Smith.

U of L partners with Aramark, a corporation that provides food service and facilities. Therefore, U of L food service workers are technically Aramark employees, not U of L employees. But that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve any less appreciation.

Several students commented on the impact that the change had on dining employees.  

“Not only is this screwing over students but think of the employees whose hours have been drastically cut,” freshman Vito Sabino said. “These are not high paying jobs either. Seems like U of L is willing to live with impacting the quality of life for food service workers just to save a buck.”

“Think of the workers who will be laid off or will have their hours cut. How will they provide for their families,” said sophomore Savannah Quach.

The following week, U of L Dining announced that food trucks would be available Tuesday to Thursday for students to enjoy.

The decision was made this past week to bring these offerings to campus to aid in our ongoing efforts to improve the student, faculty and staff dining experience,” said U of L Director of Communications John Karman.

While the food trucks did receive decent crowds each day, students demanded that U of L bring back the regular dining hours.

Although students had more diverse dining options to choose from during that week, several original dining options were closed or their hours still reduced. 

Yet, how many dining staff struggled with having their hours reduced or had to worry about being scheduled that week?

U of L Dining has since announced that Einstein Bros. Bagels will open again for Grubhub orders. U of L will cover all transaction fees.

Think about how annoying it is to pay thousands of dollars on a meal plan. Then consider how little of that you can even spend. Finally, think about how little of that money the dining staff will actually see. 

Next time you go out to eat on campus, show your appreciation for the dining staff. If you can, stop and talk to them or give them a compliment. You might make someone’s day.

File Graphic // The Louisville Cardinal 

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Features editor reviews visiting campus food trucks Monday, Mar 1 2021 

By Tate Luckey — 

In an effort to provide more on-campus food variety, last week the University of Louisville’s Dining services brought three food trucks to campus.

A variety of food choices were provided for students who purchased a ticket worth 10 flex points. From what U of L Dining has suggested, this event was also done in part to support local businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Celtic Pig – 

Born through a passion for smoked meat and pride for Celtic ancestry, the Celtic Pig serves up everything from fish and chips and pulled pork to scotch eggs and haggis. Easily spotted by its Blarney Green and kilted truck, owner Sam Bracken desired to sell authentic, home-cooked meals to his customers.

One of the favorites among those who went was the pulled pork grilled cheese. Topped with Irish cheddar and served on Texas toast, freshman Cassidy Witt actually went back to buy another for her roommate.

“I don’t why I’m acting like I’m not going to eat half too. It’s really good,” she said.

Get it on a Bun at Booty’s –

First starting as a hot dog stand in 1996, Get it on a Bun at Booty’s is native to New Albany. Providing a variety of diner-style foods (jerk chicken, or “Booty Burgers,” anyone?), they were only present during the 10:30 a.m – 2:30 p.m. time slots. That doesn’t mean they didn’t have great food, though.

The Pulled pork sandwich they had was a fantastic choice for those looking to tear into a good piece of meat. It was juicy, well seasoned, and had just the right amount of “pull” to make it worth a ticket.

Nathan’s Taqueria 

Beatriz Mata and Carlos Gomez decided to bring their food trucks to give Louisville a taste of Mexico. Their options were 3 street tacos, nachos and a burrito. Each had an option of pork or chicken. Out of all the trucks present, this one was the busiest in the mornings.

The most popular food item from what I saw was the nachos. “The pork to me was what made it. It was pretty good. They put lots of tomatoes,” freshman Alex Reynolds described.

Photos by Tate Luckey and Anthony Riley // The Louisville Cardinal

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Students share the local businesses they support Tuesday, Feb 2 2021 

By Riley Vance–

The importance of supporting small businesses is apparent now more than ever. With small businesses around Louisville taking major hits due to COVID-19, students share how they’re shopping small. 

Junior finance major Alex Wesbrooks said he enjoys getting takeout from a few popular NuLu restaurants. His favorites are Grind Burger Kitchen and Feast BBQ. 

“I like Grind and Feast because they offer gluten free options,” Wesbrooks said. “NuLu has so many great restaurants, and most of them are locally owned.” 

Grind Burger Kitchen started as a food truck in 2012. Shortly after, owners Liz and Jesse Huot decided to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the summer of 2014. 

Since then, Grind has received national recognition after being featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on Food Network. Their menu hosts a variety of burgers—including a veggie burger—and a wide selection of specialty beers. 

Feast BBQ, another one of Wesbrooks’ favorites, is a BBQ restaurant that offers vegetarian, soy free and gluten free options. They started off in NuLu, but recently opened a location in Jeffersontown as well. 

One of my personal favorite spots close to campus is Louisville Cream. They sell ice cream, cookies, brownies, mini pies and their famous “ding dongs.” Louisville Cream is one of the only ice cream shops in Louisville to offer vegan ice cream. It’s a must for anyone who is lactose intolerant. 

Senior communications major Abby Ebersold frequents the local breakfast spot Con Huevos. Owners Jesus Martinez and Izmene Peredo opened Con Huevos because they thought Louisville was lacking a restaurant that served an authentic Mexican breakfast. They serve breakfast, brunch and lunch every day from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The closest location to campus is their Frankfort Avenue location in the Highlands. 

Some other local restaurants that students are loving are Royals Hot Chicken, The Post and Ramsi’s Cafe On the World. 

Royals is located in the NuLu area on Market Street. They serve what they claim to be “The Best Nashville Hot Fried Chicken in Louisville,” along with milkshakes, soft-serve ice cream and craft beer. Royals has been featured in the New York Times and is definitely a Louisville favorite. 

The Post, a local pizzeria located on Goss Avenue in Germantown was recommended by many students. They offer New York Style pizzas, calzones, grilled subs and salads. Husband-wife duo Nash Neely and Laura Clemmons Neely opened the restaurant in 2014. 

Another popular favorite is Ramsi’s Cafe on the World, a local cafe with an international menu full of global comfort food. It is located on Bardstown Road and owner Ramsi Kamar has hopes of opening another location in Norton Commons. Ramsi’s has been open for over 26 years. 

A number of small businesses have closed with all of the hardships 2020 has brought. In order to keep your favorites up and running, it’s crucial to continue to support small businesses.

Graphic by Eli Hughes//The Louisville Cardinal

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