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Anna’s Taqueria to Open Feb. 1

By Kathy Lin

NEWS EDITOR

Anna’s Taqueria, which will be located on the first floor of the Student Center, is slated to open with the start of the spring semester.

We are “shooting for February first” as the opening date, said owner Michael Kamio.

“In the worst case scenario, we’d open on Monday the seventh,” said Director of Campus Dining Richard D. Berlin. “It really depends on if there are issues with the construction,” he said.

The agreement between MIT and Anna’s Taqueria “was all completed before the holidays, so that’s all set,” Berlin said.

Workers are currently rehabbing the location, formerly occupied by Arrow Street Crepes. “Designs have been developed and approved,” Berlin said, and they are “tearing out what they don’t want and keeping the parts that they do want.”

When construction is finished, the Student Center location will “look like the other locations,” except for some more modern furniture and lighting to go with the high-tech feel of MIT, Kamio said. It will have “a nice warm yellow color” and a “kitchen-y feel,” he said.

Unlike Arrow Street Crepes, which had a lot of counter seating facing the windows, Anna’s Taqueria will have more seating arranged so that people can “eat together as groups,” making the environment “more conversational,” Berlin said.

Most of the current construction “is being handled by Anna’s themselves,” as much of the “more hardcore mechanical stuff” had already been done by MIT back when preparations were being made to bring in Arrow Street Crepes, he said.