Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Twisted Taco & D.B.A Barbecue Among New Eateries Opening at Emory

Photo courtesy of Emory Food Advisory Committee 
D.B.A. Barbecue and Twisted Taco will both open new locations at Emory University.

The two local eateries will join a number of other new (and relocated) food options at Emory's Cox Hall.

Twisted Taco had planned on opening near Emory Village in 2009  but those plans never materialized. The restaurant would have been on Oxford Road where Yogli Mogli, Romeo's New York Pizza and Chipotle Mexican Grill later opened.

There are currently six Atlanta area locations of Twisted Taco including locations in Buckhead, Smyrna and Johns Creek.

D.B.A. Barbecue's flagship and only other location is off North Highland Avenue in Virginia Highland, a few miles from Emory's main campus.

 Among the other eateries opening at Cox Hall are Top Hat Pizza, offering house-made New York style pizza, by the slice.  Additionally, Star Ginger, based in Sacramento, California will bring casual Asian fare to Emory diners.   Star Ginger "blends the bold simplicity of Asian street food with exotic flavors drawn from the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore."  Other changes include renaming Dooley's Burger, Dooley's Grille, and adding grilled chicken and chicken fingers to the menu.  Student-run, The Green Bean is being brought inside for a permanent home within Cox Hall.  The popular coffee shop will also add additional pastries and baked.  Freshens, Cox Salad Bowl and Asbury Circle Deli featuring Boar's Head meats will remain largely unchanged.

Though campus officials claimed it had nothing to do with the political views of company COO and President Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A was removed from Cox Hall and no longer has a presence on the intown campus.  According to an Emory food service representative, the decision to remove Chick-fil-A  "was based solely on student feedback that his office has received through a series of surveys and focus groups."

Are you a current or past Emory student and have an opinion on the changes at Cox Hall?  If so, please share your thoughts below.


Anonymous said...

Emory used to be a leader in the fight for free speech and unpopular opinions when I attended and graduated. It was unpopular in the South because of these stances.
It is a shame to see this decision and the uproar over the President's recent analogy that were based upon a denial of another's opinion, although both statements were clearly not "hate" statements as such.
I remember a "God is dead" and the protection of Communism on campus controversies and, even though I as a student disagreed with Emory's unpopular stances on these matters, I was proud that the University protected its members' right to believe and speak contary to the current prevailing opinions.
I do NOT believe Emory's reason to kick Chickfila off campus; I doubt that many others are so naive as to accept it either. It is a shame to see such surrenders to public passion in a supposed "bastion of light and discussion".

Anonymous said...

If I had to guess, I'd say it had more to do with students not wanting greasy fried chicken and french fries as much as they want healthier and international options. Fast food isn't as popular as it used to be, and Chick-fil-a kind of killed their "good fast food" vibe with their owners' foot-in-mouth syndrome.

Anonymous said...

Total BS, chick fil a was routinely packed, with a line of people waiting for fries, sandwiches and nuggets.

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