The New Snack Bar
by Rachael Allen on Friday, May 18th, 2012Just as Forbes has updated its food selections and television screens, the snack bar has renovated its look and food choices these past two weeks. With structural, price, and serving changes, the snack bar has a whole new look—one that is being received with mixed opinions.
The array of changes in the snack bar may seem minor, but together, they completely restructure the environment. A new television, flipping through meals and daily specials, is mounted above the menu, offering a variety of breakfast sandwiches in the morning and novelties such as burgers, french fries, and flat-breads in the evening. A slushie machine, cappuccino machine, and a new warming station have been rearranged to fit the new set-up.
In addition, the new snack bar has brought greater focus to its specials. Flik now offers two different specials every day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Though there is a reduced selection of smoothie flavors, the new smoothies are blended with fresh fruit, and milkshakes are now also being offered all day.
Other exciting additions include new varieties of candy, fudge samples, and make-your-own ice cream sundaes.
According to Flik workers, sales have drastically increased after the snack bar’s remodelling. However, just recently, sales have reduced due to the seniors’ absence. However, there might be other reasons for the recent decrease in sales. When asked to compare the amount of money spent at the snack bar before and after the switch, students’ general response seem to have indicated a decrease in snack bar purchases.
One factor deterring students from visiting the snack bar is the wait. With the new food options made to order, students can no longer simply “grab and go.” Many students go to the snack bar during recess—when the snack bar is more crowded than usual because of middle school students—or after sports. At both times, students are frequently in a rush because of classes or homework. While the food may have improved, the longer wait to purchase items is perceived as inconvenient for some students.
As Anna Lachenauer (III) said, “I like the food a lot better and there seems to be tastier options, but the wait is longer, so I don’t go as much.”
Another concern of many students is the nutritious value of food. Although, the nutrition has not decreased, the students are now able to see their food being made in front of them and a few students have expressed repulsion at seeing an excess of oil being spread on their food.
Other students are excited about the snack bar shift. Although not a frequent customer, Marina Hartnick (III) thinks “the new snack bar is definitely cool.” Marina believes that because the choices are more interesting and tastier, the line will be worth it.
Although some students express concern with the wait and health content of the snack bar, others appreciate the efforts of Flik to provide the student body with a variety of new options.
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