Tarleton offers new dining

By: Sierra Wells

Managing Editor

Over the summer, dining at Tarleton State University went through major changes. Blaze Pizza and Auntie Anne’s are two new locations students can get food on campus.

Both restaurants had their grand openings on Aug. 18, the first day of classes for the fall 2022 semester.

Students can find Auntie Anne’s in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center, next to T-Birds. This restaurant will serve a variety of pretzels, including classic, almond, cinnamon and pepperoni as well as pretzel nuggets and pretzel-dogs.

“Auntie Anne’s was added to provide another option for that quick grab item when running to class,” Sodexo General Manager Tanner Smith said.

Blaze Pizza, which is stationed in the Dining Hall, offers a variety of pizza, salad, cheesy bread, pesto cheesy bread and more.

President James Hurley and First Lady Kendall Hurley cut the ribbon at the Blaze Pizza grand-opening.
Photo by: Sierra Wells

“Blaze Pizza is one of the nation’s fastest growing national brands so it only made sense to add it to Tarleton’s fast-growing campus,” Smith said.

Besides Memorial Stadium during football games, Blaze Pizza is the only place on campus students can purchase alcohol.

“We will be offering Coors Lite, Michelob Ultra and Revolver Blood and Honey to start out with,” Smith said.

Texan Bucks and Dining Dollars will be accepted. Students must be at least 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages.

“All alcohol being consumed must be kept within the store or the stores patio area, signage is posted at all entrances and exits state such,” Smith said.

Along with these new restaurants, Oscar P’s General Store is now open for students just looking to grab a quick snack in-between classes or some other unique merchandise.

“Oscar P’s is designed to offer many things grocery stores offer. It also offers novelty Oscar P branded items such as coolers, charcuterie boards, hats and Bison cups to name a few,” Smith said. “The idea and concept put in place was a micro grocery store/destination.”

These additions and upgrades have made Tarleton’s dining selections much more diverse for students and faculty, who may have different tastes in food. 

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