By Idris Garcia, Chattanooga, TN–Scrappy’s Food Court in the UC will be getting some variety as the University has partnered with Aramark for Chatt Fare.
Megan Corcoran, Aramark’s marketing manager, said the goal is to bring local Chattanooga restaurants to the UTC campus community.
“Chatt Fare is a new dining initiative to bring local restaurants to the University for a limited time,” Corcoran said in a prepared statement. “We are fortunate to living in a city with a wide variety of diverse dining options and as campus dining services, we want to bring the worlds of UTC dining and Chattanooga dining together.”
The first restaurant to be featured in the UC is Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, which offers fresh, healthy cuisine, she said.
“From perfectly grilled meats served with signature sauces, to mouthwatering salads filled with fresh fruits and veggies, their Mediterranean inspired dishes are destined to become your next familiar favorite,” Corcoran said in a statement.
Lindsay McNally, a December graduate of UTC and marketing specialist for Taziki’s, said the program is a great opportunity for students, especially younger students who do not leave campus as much to experience new places.
“I think it’s awesome that students get to see what’s downtown,” McNally said. “Some students don’t get to go out as much, so it’s good to bring [the restaurants] here.”
Restaurants that are a part of Chatt Fare will only be in the UC, and the program began with the administration wanting to reach out to the community, Corcoran said.
“The program came about when members of the UTC administration approached us about the idea as a way to bring the University together with the Chattanooga community,” she said.
Brad Emendorfer, local owner and operator of Taziki’s, said the mutual benefits of connecting the University with the community are important.
“Building awareness for the student body of what’s around them is important, and we also want to be thought of as a supportive business,” Emendorfer said. “We want to support the University athletically, academically and socially.”
McNally said the program will also allow students to experience variety from the other dining options that are static on campus.
“I think students are excited for something new, and we’re bringing something with a fresh and healthy variety,” McNally said.