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major, competes in the men’s tennis semifinals of
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Food services at A&M
By Shannon O’Neal
While students often file through
cafeteria lines scoffing at college
food and service, few realize that
Texas A&M’s Food Services Depart
ment is recognized nationwide as a
leader of quality food and service.
Running one of the most diverse
food services programs anywhere,
the department has over 20 dining
facilities on campus that serve
55,000 meals a day, says Lloyd
Smith, director of Food Services.
The department dishes out
275,000 pounds of beef chuck,
200,000 pounds of hamburger pat
ties, 200,000 pounds of french fries
and 30,000 gallons of frozen concen
trated orange juice annually, Smith
says, and serves about 1,000 gallons
of milk daily.
The meals served are chosen by
student menu boards that meet
monthly to review meals and sample
new selections, Smith says.
Each of the three main dining
halls — the Commons, Duncan and
Sbisa — has a board of five or six stu
dents that handles that hall’s partic
ular service style and seasoning.
The boards also hold a joint meet
ing every month to try 10 to 25 new
items presented by the department,
The board may indicate that more
than one brand of an item is accepta
ble and the department then will buy
the cheapest one.
Although the department has
veto power over the board’s recom
mendations, it has never been used,
The department buys most of its
food directly from contracted pro
ducers and all food is inspected ei
ther by the federal or state govern
ment, he says.
Milk is the only item produced at
A&M that is used by Food Services,
Smith says, but the department
bakes its own bread, buns and pas
tries in the Duncan Dining Hall bak
The department’s supplies are
stored on the west campus in the
Food Services warehouse until a
computer forecasting system that
plans campus meals prints out a list
of the required items for the week.
The program used to predict the
demand for meals combines an “ac
ceptability factor” for each menu se
lection with the predicted student
traffic and 10 hours later prints out
a master menu for the entire cam
pus, Smith says.
All menus are planned three
weeks in advance, he says.
Smith says A&M is respected not
only for the quality of its food but for
the quality of its service.
The transition of the Corps of Ca
dets’ meals from family to cafeteria
style has received national attention
in food-service circles, he says.
But even a prestigous program
like A&M’s has obstacles to over
The closing of Duncan, where the
Corps eats, for renovations has
caused some problems, Smith says,
but they are worth the outcome.
The remodeled dining hall will be
a radical new design in cafeterias
with the capability to serve the
2,300-member Corps in 10 to 12
minutes, he says.
After eating, the cadets will place
their trays in a tray accumulator al
most simultaneously because of what
Smith describes as an engineering
feat — a single conveyor which can
accept 2,200 trays.
ompany runs into snags trying to open new nightclub
By Elisa Hutchins
■ lie College Station Zoning Board of
djustment on Tuesday denied a request to
ilov a former College Station restaurant to
Time a nightclub.
1 variance for parking requirements for
libuilding, formerly Ira’s Place, was den-
d ithout prejudice because the appli-
ant Paul Winston, a representative of Bra-
! Valley Entertainment Inc., wasn’t
iared to present his case, Jane Kee, a
klege Station zoning official, said.
Ira’s Place, formerly owned by Ira Hoake
nd located at 1804 Valley View Drive, was
b|eclosed on by the Federal Savings and
ran Insurance Corp. after an out-of-state
bank failed. The site has 23 parking spaces,
but College Station ordinances specify that
the 10,500-square-feet building must have
at least one parking space for every 50
square feet, or 210 spaces, if it is to be used
as a nightclub.
Winston said the FSLIC agreed in April
to sell the property to JDCL Inc., which put
Brazos Valley Entertainment in charge of
the details. He would not disclose the pur
chase price, but said the deal is pending un
til extra parking space is acquired.
Kee said the original request for the vari
ance was made in August. The five-mem
ber board has tabled the request twice in a
“At the last meeting (Tuesday) it was
taken off the agenda and denied without
prejudice,” she said. “That means that the
applicant will have to reapply by Friday so it
can be put on the agenda in time for the
next meeting, Nov. 17. Our office also has
to notify everyone within 200 feet of the
property of the request.”
Winston, owner of Contract Interiors, a
firm that works for Brazos Valley Enter
tainment, said he has been trying to get a
letter of permission from K-Mart Corp. to
lease about 200 of its parking spaces. The
cost hasn’t been decided.
Winston said he won’t need a variance if
he gets the letter of permission.
“There are more than enough spaces to
accommodate both of our businesses,” he
said. “We have agreed to repave and main
tain the area if they let us use them, but if
we get turned down, we already have some
alternate locations for the nightclub.”
He said the K-Mart at 2700 S. Texas
Ave., adjacent to Ira’s Place, has about 500
John Valenti, regional manager of K-
Mart, said it is company policy to not let
outside businesses use its parking facilities.
“It is not my decision, but corporate pol
icy at our headquarters in Troy, Mich., and
I will do whatever that policy dictates,” Va
Winston said the decision has been
turned over to K-Mart’s regional office
from its national headquarters and he ex
pects an answer by Friday.
“I’m optimistic because we have offerred
to lease and maintain the area,” he said. “In
the past, other people have also asked per
mission to use the spaces but not to main
tain or lease them.”
Contract Interiors has designed and re
modeled Roxz nightclubs statewide, the old
Edge, which was on F.M. 2818, and several
restaurants in the Bryan-College Station
Winston said if he gets permission from
K-Mart for the extra parking, the interior
of Ira’s Place will be remodeled. He said it
will not open until the beginning of 1988.
The name of the new nightclub will be de
cided later, he said.
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