Resnick Student Union food options will not open until fall 2023


Carlos Rene Castro/The Collegian

The Resnick Student Union food options of Taco Bell, The Habit Burger Grill and Toss-N-Chop will not open until fall semester 2023.

By Jazmin Alvarado, Reporter

When the Resnick Student Union opened in the fall of 2022, Taco Bell, The Habit Burger Grill and a Toss-N-Chop soup and salad bar were supposed to open within the building in spring of 2023.

But Debbie Adishian-Astone, vice president for administration and chief financial officer, said they will be delayed.

“We had hoped to open these three concepts: Taco Bell (full menu), Habit, and Toss-N-Chop (soup/salad), this spring, but based upon construction timelines and training of staff, it will be fall 2023,” Adishian-Astone said.

Students are beginning to question when these food options will be available to them.

“I’ve been looking forward to the new lunch spots opening up, specifically the Habit Burger Grill. I’m just wondering why they are taking so long to open, and the promises they have yet to fulfill,” said Mateo Molina, a Fresno State student.

The RSU opened in September 2022 and remains open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. -10 p.m.

Paws-N-Go is the current food and drink option open, which has coffee, beverages, snacks and ready-to-go food items.

The construction for the new retail dining options was delayed due to the California State University (CSU) required plan approval process and supply chain issues.

Construction is now expected to begin within the next four to six weeks, according to Adishian-Astone.

During construction, students should expect minimal disturbance with the exception of some noise and dust.

Adishian-Astone and Lisa Bell, public information officer for University Communications, confirmed that construction for these retail dining options is not being done with student tuition and fees.

“The retail dining concepts are part of University Dining Services’ operating budget and the build-out is being funded with [Auxiliary Services’]) reserves as approved by the Association Board,” said Adishian-Astone.

University Communications said it will provide students with information as it becomes available.

In the week of March 6, students received the first update on the dining options of the semester.

“We haven’t been updated yet, they haven’t told us anything except that when construction begins, it will take several weeks for the dining options to be open,” said Maryah Amaro, a second-year student and employee at the RSU welcome center.