Due to COVID-19, precautions are in effect and social distancing is now a priority when it comes to dining. Students looking for places to eat, on or off-campus, will have different options to consider.

Due to COVID-19 related precautionary changes, dining will look a little different this semester.

Partitions have been placed at the register to prioritize social distancing, hand sanitizing stations have been set up and tables in the dining rooms have been spread six feet apart from each other to ensure proper social distancing. In addition, all high contact areas are bring regularly cleaned and sanitized.

“The dining changes are good for social distancing,” Brittney Shields, sophomore, said.

Students looking for additional seating can find it at the former location of the APSU bookstore.

Dining services released a short video to their social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) addressing the changes to campus dining and the safety precautions they will be taking this semester at their locations.

“Safety has always been a huge part of our culture and we have built upon that foundation to ensure a safe and happy return to campus,” Corey R. Choate, senior director of dining services said int he video.

The video also addresses the new Dine On Campus app, which Choate says provides helpful, dining related information for APSU.

Students can navigate locations and the hours of operation via the Dine on Campus App. The app also includes information on purchasing meal plans or adding plus dollars to a student’s account.

Dining services also announced mobile ordering coming this fall for Tú Taco, Einstein Bros Bagels and Burger 931.

Meals to go will be available for pickup at the new Govs to Go location at the Morgan University Center (MUC). Students can also order market items online and then pick them up at the designated spots, according to dining services’ video.

Students can stay up to date on dining changes via the AP Dining social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or website (dineoncampus.com/apsu).

Students looking for safe dining options near campus have a number of choices.

One nearby dining option, located just on 132 University Avenue, is JibBop. JibBop specializes in homemade Korean Cuisine such as bulgogi, tonkatsu, ramen and Kimchi Dolsot. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday with online ordering available for lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 2:05 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 – 8:40 p.m. They are closed on Sundays. (Students can reach them at (931) 542-6652 or jibbop.com)

Another option for students is Wicked Good Sandwiches located on 605 Cumberland Drive. They offer a wide selection of sandwiches and burgers such as the Sunrise Burger or The Governor’s Club. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed on Sundays. They deliver. Just call in with your order. (Students can reach them at (931) 919-3800 or wickedgoodsandwiches.com) 

The Mediterranean Grill is another restaurant very close to campus. It is located on 541 Franklin Street and includes dishes such as kebabs, shawarmas, gyros and falafel sandwiches. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed Sundays. They are currently offering takeout and delivery only. (Students can reach them at (931) 378-7777

Fat Shack is new in town and located on 1715 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard. The menu has various items such as The Supreme Burger, which includes three patties and even deep-fried desserts including Oreos, Twinkies and chocolate chip cookies. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. They currently offer pick-up but delivery is coming soon. (Students can reach them at (931) 551-2141 or fatshack.com)