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New CMU dining options

New, exciting dining options around campus

Chartwells, CMU begin 10-year partnership

Contact: Aaron Mills


Dining is at the center of everything we do on campus. From dining halls to coffee shops and convenience stores to pizza spots, we are excited to welcome students and the university community and see everyone gathering at their favorite venues across CMU.

Beginning this fall semester, Central Michigan University is revitalizing its dining options with a new dining service provider, Chartwells Higher Education. The new 10-year partnership will emphasize quality, made-to-order food, menu customization, variety, value, and student success.

The partnership brings many exciting changes, including these top four to be on the lookout for:

1. New names:

All of the on-campus dining locations will be renamed, including The Down Under Food Court in the Bovee University Center, which will be rebranded through a social media voting contest coming soon. Follow CMU Dining on Instagram and Twitter to participate.

2. New to campus:

  • Ponder Coffee (coming soon) – the popular downtown Mt. Pleasant coffee shop will open a new location in the Charles V. Park Library later this fall, replacing Java City.
  • Wild Pie – A pizza concept known for their flatbread pizzas and delicious meatball subs.
  • ShakeSmart – A quick-service concept in the UC known for protein-packed shakes, bowls, coffee, and oatmeal is perfect for those wanting to grab and go.

3. Enhanced Market Experience:

All of the convenience stores will have an enhanced marketing experience featuring Jack & Olive fresh and ready sandwiches, wraps, salads, and protein plates, sweet and salty snacks, and plenty of household items.

4. More dietary options:

More options have been added to offer menu items free of the top eight allergens and avoiding gluten within the residential dining halls. In addition, BalancedU communication can be found throughout the dining area identifying vegan, vegetarian, avoiding gluten, Halal, and balanced menu items. Lastly, the FYUL program will allow for clarity boost, anti-inflammatory, and heart-healthy menu items.

Many of these changes are already in effect or will be completed during the fall 2021 semester.

For more information on the partnership and all dining options, visit the CMU Dining website.


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