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Lobdell Soon to Serve Indian Food

By Angeline Wang

By the first day of spring semester, Lobdell Food Court will be serving Indian food instead of Italian, said Richard D. Berlin III, director of campus dining. Cafe Spice Express, an Indian food vendor, will replace the Mangia Mangia Italian food service in Lobdell. Construction is ongoing, Berlin said.

The food at Mangia Mangia was “too repetitious,” Berlin said, referring to multiple locations on campus where students can purchase Italian food. “It hasn’t done very well, and if something isn’t working, you have to move on. This change is a great opportunity to have more variety.”

The decision to include Indian food was made based on a survey conducted two years ago regarding the space that now hosts Anna’s Taqueria, Berlin said. The responses showed students were interested in a variety of ethnic cuisine, including Japanese and Middle Eastern food, both currently offered in Lobdell, as well as Indian food.

Cafe Spice Express, part of a New York-based restaurant group, offers traditional Indian cuisine designed to be fast and relatively inexpensive. The restaurant was listed in the Nation’s Restaurant News 50: Fast-Casual Players last year.

“They seem to have a very good concept,” said Berlin, who visited the Cafe Spice Express outlet in Roosevelt Field Mall, New York City. “I liked what I saw there.”

This is the first time Cafe Spice will be available on a college campus, Berlin said. The menu and prices are being finalized, and entrees are likely to range from $2.95 to $6.25, about a dollar cheaper than prices at the Roosevelt outlet, he said.