IU Eating Launches 2 Meals Vehicles in Bloomington: Information at IU: Indiana College
Gloriana, filled with American breakfast options like avocado toast, breakfast burritos, and churro French toast, made its debut at the First Thursdays Festival this month.
Stripes, which serves international dishes like a buttered chicken burrito and a banh mi sandwich, went to the homecoming parade first.
With the trucks, IU Dining can add food options to new and different areas of the campus. Sometimes the trucks are between the Fine Arts Plaza and the Hamilton Lugar School for Global and International Studies, but they are also in other locations on campus.
Location and opening times are subject to demand, said Rahul Shrivastav, executive director of IU Dining. The trucks both accept I-BUCKS, CrimsonCash and credit cards, but not cash.
Food on the trucks, like in the dining rooms, is local, and Gloriana will likely add a few new options soon, he said.
“We were thinking that students love breakfast all day, but it turns out they want a variety of lunches too,” said Shrivastav.
And, after all, they want to add options for the night too, he said.
The food trucks are also available for events such as festivals, Welcome Week and other programs. The trucks also provide an option for organizers who want food at their events but don’t want to cover the costs. With the food trucks, participants can buy what they want.
And the trucks stay on campus even in winter.
While the truck’s kitchen area is smaller than other restaurants on campus, the trucks allow for the nimble and flexible dining staff.
The menus are small. If an item isn’t working well, you can swap it out for something else. The ability to move the truck also means it can react if there is a need for restaurants in any area of campus, Drake said.
Soon, the food truck staff will also be responsible for posting the location of the trucks on social media based on pedestrian traffic, he added.
“It all adds to the portability of the meal program,” said Drake. “If we can be where the students are, everyone benefits.”