In addition to the Student Government’s free headphones and more vending machines, Florida Gulf Coast University students also have a new place to eat on campus. After its renovation and new location, Azul’s (formerly known as HomeZone) is ready for business thanks to the Student Government’s Healthier-Eating-Options Initiatives and Business Operations.
Its renovation comes with a new menu. Arrive for breakfast and find fruit, yogurt or a hot breakfast platter. Stop by during lunch and order specialty burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches or gourmet-grilled-cheese sandwiches.
“It’s going to be good quality food from what I hear,” said Domenic Volpi, SG president.
For now, Azul’s remains vacant inside Howard Hall in between Taco Bell and Subway.
“I’d like to see fall students enjoying it,” said Cory Mentzer, SG vice president.
Even though the other healthier-eating initiative, “Well Vending” did not pan out this year, Volpi said he is working on it again for next year. The Well Vending initiative will allow students to buy healthier, organic and gluten-free snacks from the vending machines. Some vendor offers require removing the existing snack machines, but Volpi said he would not remove the snack machines.
In the meantime, Azul’s will be open Mondays through Fridays with the SG’s contribution of the salad bar.
“We weren’t super involved in it [Azul’s]. The main thing was getting the salad bar in,” Volpi said.
Loren Privé, the director of business operations, said, “We are excited to add a location that offers made-to-order salads on main campus as well as burgers, one of the only things we were missing in campus dining last year,” he said.