Since the start of the fall academic quarter, two new places to get a snack or meal have opened on campus, and two more are under construction.
Granola’s Frozen Yogurt & More – “not your typical self-service yogurt shop” – opened on Oct. 1 in the Joy Building. In the same building, construction is underway on Than Brothers Pho, which may open by the end of October or in November. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches will open in late 2013 or early 2014 in yet another Joy Building space.
At a slightly higher level—up the hill next to Pinkerton—Budha Bear Bagels & Café has opened as a food truck, planning to serve campus Mondays-Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cody Char, our intrepid, food-loving media maven, has assembled a first-day photo gallery on Facebook.
These restaurants join a varied mix of clothing stores, coffee shops, a book store and other unique retail outlets to form a thriving retail district in the south downtown area, in spaces leased by UW Tacoma.
UW Tacoma plays an active role in developing a retail strategy to attract tenants that serve the community of students, faculty, staff and others who visit, work and live downtown. The university looks at the mix of existing tenants, and evaluates potential new tenants for compatibility and business viability.
Jimmy John’s is a fast-growing chain that was founded in 1983 in the university town of Champaign, Ill., and now has 1,600 locations in 40 states. Than Brothers Pho is Seattle-based and has about 15 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, including one on South Tacoma Way in Lakewood, Wash. Granola’s is brand new: the Pacific Avenue location is its first. You can follow the progress of the growing company on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/14T0OHg. Budha Bear is also new, and also has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BudhaBearBagelsCafe.