The Office of Business Services along with the Office of Residential Life and Housing announced last week that there will be significant changes to dining on-campus in the near future. These new changes to Shark Dining are meant to reflect the current state of the university and provide a dining experience that is not only safe, but convenient and delicious.
The most significant change to dining on campus is the implementation of the GET app, which allows students to order from their favorite eateries around campus for pick-up or residence hall delivery by using SharkCard funds. Students can use either their meal plan or their SharkCash when using the service. The GET app is available for both Apple and Android devices and instructions for installation posted by Shark Dining can be found here.
“We have always talked about rolling an app out for delivery, but because of the pandemic, it was put on the front burner due to there being students who are concerned with food preparations or getting sick. This kind of fulfills that challenge. We want students to eat and feel comfortable eating, and this is a solution for students,” said Jason Fitch, resident district manager for Chartwells at NSU.
The implementation of the GET app to the shark dining experience is planned to be a permanent addition to dining, however, as of yet, the app has not fully launched. There was a brief trial for the ordering services available for a handful of students, but due to some difficulties in the system the app has not been made available to the general public. Fitch explained that he is hopeful for the app to be fully up and running for all students sometime this week.
Shark Dining has also announced changes to the hours of operation for the restaurant options around campus.
“Some of the hours were abbreviated due to the lack of traffic on campus. It is just a temporary abbreviation of hours. What it really allows us to do is to focus on the high traffic areas during peak periods and serving students in those locations during that time,” said Fitch.
Within Razor’s Reef, many places will keep their hours of operation, but branded restaurants, like Starbucks and Einstein Bros. Bagels, have reduced their hours. Starbucks will now only be open from 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. on weekdays with a late open on weekends at 10 a.m. Additionally, Einstein’s has reduced their hours to 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday with an early closure on 2 p.m. on Fridays and is closed all day on weekends.
Additionally, some locations will be closed until further notice, including West End Deli, Supreme Court Cafe and the kiosks in the HPD and Parker building. A full list of hours can be found online on the Shark Dining website.
“We are also held up to social distancing guidelines, so we can only have so many associates in a space during service times. This allows us to minimize our footprint of where we are serving on campus and focus on the most popular areas during those peak times,” Fitch further explained.