T-Dex Temporary Dining Facility, Colorado State University

CSU took charge of the construction of a temporary dining facility.

The location is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day. Lategan says one of the major reasons the department didn't go with a food truck for a temporary dining facility was the volume they expected to do out of the space.

"Right now our numbers are approaching 1,000 covers a day and we think that number will end up somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 a day," Lategan says. "It just wouldn't have been practical to do that kind of volume out of a food truck with a tiny little grill. It’s becomes a good late-night hang out for students."

Lategan says the name came from a student idea based on an express location that was in the now-closed dining hall.

"We had an express unit in Durrel, which is the name of the dining center that is closed, that students had nicknamed the Dex Express. So we started marketing it as Dex. When we asked the students for ideas for a name for this facility, a student came up with T-Dex since it is our temporary Dex Express. That gave us a concept, so we've been using dinosaurs in our marketing." 

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