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Board Authorizes Union Renovations Needed for Steak 'n Shake, Chick-fil-A

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 8, 2016) – As the University of Central Missouri enhances its food service options to students and the local community in the Elliott Student Union, the Board of Governors has approved up to $300,000 in additional renovations and upgrades to accommodate the new Steak ‘n Shake and the relocation of Chick-fil-A, both nationally known food franchises. Board action took place during a meeting by telephone Aug. 5.

The board in April 2016 voted to invest up to $600,000 in Elliott Student Union reserve funds for renovations needed to locate the new Steak 'n Shake near the Union Bowling Center on the southwest side of the Union’s main floor, and to relocate Chick-fil-A to the Union Food Courte area. Chick-fil-A previously occupied the same area that will now become Steak ‘n Shake.

In the board’s recent teleconference, the decision was made to use Elliott Student Union reserves funds on two major projects, one of them is to upgrade seating for Steak 'n Shake. This includes a new area that could be used for overflow customers, or as a meeting space, according to Deb Hobson, director of the Elliott Student Union. The university projects these improvements to be completed by Aug. 22. Although hours have not yet been announced, Hobson said the Steak ‘n Shake plans to operate seven days a week, and there are plans to offer late night hours. The restaurant’s location near the south entrance to the Union also will provide convenient community access.

The board’s Aug. 5 decision also makes possible a renovation project in the Food Courte area that consists of an improved ventilation hood system to serve Chick-fil-A’s kitchen area and other dining establishments in the same vicinity. Considering the complexity of this renovation, along with Chick-fil-A’s and the university’s desire to provide the highest quality dining experience to patrons without disrupting the flow of business at other Food Courte establishments, the hood system upgrades will not take place until the winter break. The restaurant would then be ready to serve customers in January, when students return for the spring semester.

The change orders that will contribute to the refurbishment and refreshment of UCM’s food service venues will cost about $300,000, utilizing UCM Elliott Student Union reserve funds. This makes the total cost for dining service improvements in the Union approximately $1.2 million. Through an agreement with the university, Sodexo, the university’s dining services provider, has contributed about $300,000 of the total project cost.