Roscoe's Den reopens

Reappearance: After 5 years Den serves again

By Dana Choi
On September 9, 2011

  • Roscoe’s Den is open from 7. 30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, and 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • A student makes an order at the recently reopened Roscoe’s Den. Mark McDaniel

About a week after its grand opening, Roscoe's Den now serves anywhere from 50 to 75 students every day.

"Since last week, when [Roscoe's Den] opened, the numbers have been pretty good," said Greg Pecina, executive director of Business Services.

The snack bar, which reopened Sept. 1 after about five years of discontinued service, offers healthier food, Pecina said.

There is also a small convenience store that sells grab-and-go items, including chips, candies, fountain beverages, jerky, pastries, chef salads, sub sandwiches and ice cream, Chartwells Director Richard Gonzalez said.

Roscoe's Den is open from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, and 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The snack bar is open during these hours because students have repeatedly requested extended dining hours on campus, said Connie Frazier, director of Housing and Residential Programs.

"Happily, the diner was able to accommodate that," Frazier said.

Pecina said these hours will remain until the end of spring semester, when the university will evaluate whether students actually use the snack bar as late as 2 a.m.

For now, students seem to be going to Roscoe's Den in the late hours.

"There are people going there really late," Pecina said. "There's a lot of motion going on at midnight [and] one o' clock in the morning."

Staff of Concho Hall, Plaza Verde, and Massie Halls will hold a Plaza Verde fiesta Sept. 16 during dinner hours to draw attention to the new venue, Frazier said.

    "We're trying to get the word out that there's a new place students can go to after 7 [p.m.]," she said.

Roscoe's Den was closed about five years ago because there was little to no traffic on that end of campus, Pecina said. Plans for construction, including the implosion of University Hall in fall 2009, kept the snack bar closed.

    "When we were doing all that construction around there, there were fences, dirt—it didn't make for a very good location," Pecina said.

    That led to the creation of Outtakes at Centennial Hall, he said. A problem that resulted from Outtakes was students seldom bought anything with cash and mostly used transferability, which allows students to use credit for a cafeteria meal or purchases at a snack bar. Students would pay what they owe if the purchase is over $5.25.

     "We made very little money in that location," Pecina said.

    Students cannot use transferability at Roscoe's Den, he said, but they can pay in Rambucks or cash.

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