Staff Writer: Brianna Weston
The recently moved and newly remodeled Einstein Bros. Bagels is reopening the week of Sept. 19-23 after a summer-long absence, much to the delight of students looking to add another dining option to a rotation that already includes Freshen’s, Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, Wild Blue, W.T. Harris Dining Hall and the Marketplace. After several months of construction, the caution tape was finally removed last week after the restaurant passed inspection and was given the go-ahead by the county.
The new version of Einstein’s will be located at the rear of the Ethel K. Smith Library, with most of the seating options being outside. The former location in the lobby of Smith was constantly crowded with students waiting for their food in the midst of library-goers. The university decided to move the establishment outside of the library in hopes of clearing out the front lobby and making it easier for students to maneuver around.
As the outside seating area is not covered by a roof, many are wondering about what bagel-buyers will do in extreme weather conditions. The inside area looks to have very limited space for customers to stand and wait. “I’m curious about where we can wait if it’s now outside,” Wingate senior Blake Jones said.
When it was inside the library, students and faculty had the option to wait inside and eat. Students found it convenient to pick up a quick coffee or bagel on their way to class, but some of their morning schedules were affected by its long closure.
In addition to the convenient location of the former site, students were able to use a meal exchange to dine there.
“As of right now, I don’t eat breakfast in the morning given that Einstein’s was my go-to breakfast place, so it definitely has changed my routine,” Wingate senior Heather Morse said. Apart from W.T. Harris, most dining establishments on campus that accept Bulldog Bucks don’t open until 11 a.m.