BY VANESSA KELLY // APRIL 18, 2012 //
As the weekend evening gets close to midnight, Curry’s Student Center cafe often sees fewer and fewer people. But it’s not necessarily because of a lack of hunger. Rather, most students simply don’t want to trudge down to the Student Center.
So, Curry’s Dining Services is considering a plan to bring the Student Center—or at least its late-night menu—to students.
Keith Meal, general manager of Dining Services, says students have routinely requested late-night delivery and his office is starting to explore ways to make it happen. However, Meal says more students have to show interest in delivery before he can make it a reality.
Currently, the Late Night counter in the Student Center offers a select menu Mondays through Fridays, from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Students can purchase smoothies, burgers, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, breakfast sandwiches and fries, among other items. They can pay using points, Colonel Cash, actual cash or credit cards.
Those who don’t want to leave the comforts of their residence halls late at night tend to order food from Domino’s, in part because discount coupons are readily available. There are other area options, too (see bellow). But Dining Services could meet students’ needs—decent food at a decent price during the late-evening/early-morning hours—while also earning a bit more money itself, Meal says.
“Hopefully, the cafeteria can coordinate with the Curry vans on campus so the deliverymen can get to their destinations faster,” he adds.
Franklin Boswell-Taylor, a sophomore communication major and an RA in the 886 residence hall, says he’s all for the idea and hopes it moves beyond just talk.
“I would love to have late-night delivery, especially since I don’t have cash on me,” he says. “So, using my points and tokens, and not leaving my dorm, is ideal.”
According to Meal, his office needs a critical mass of students to show their interest and commitment to the service before actual logistics can be worked out.
Curry may exist in a suburban setting, but there are plenty of food-delivery options available to students. The following is a sampling of price-friendly choices:
Domino’s, Hyde Park
dominos.com, (773) 324-3800
Ichiro Sushi, Milton
ichirosushi.com, (617) 698-8832
Mai Place (Chinese food), Canton
Mozzarellas Pizzeria, Milton
mozzarellaspizzeria.com, (617) 698-8812
Taste of Thailand, Lower Mill
tasteofthailandonline.blogspot.com, (617) 296-7505
Olympic Pizza, Hyde Park
www.olympicpizzahydepark.com/, (617) 361-7070