The new “Drunken Meal” food truck will hit the streets on September 21

Students looking for late-night meal options will soon have a new place to go during midnight study breaks or nights on Prospect Avenue: the Campus Dining food truck. Starting Thursday, September 21, Campus Dining will open the food truck on the north side of the McCosh Health Center from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

This was part of Campus Dining’s “ongoing efforts to expand late-night dining options,” said Ahmed Rizvi, media relations specialist in the Office of Communications. According to Rizvi, students can expect the food to be similar to what is typically served at Frist Gallery. The truck will also offer a weekly special, and students will be able to pay for food using credit cards, Paw points and dining points.

The food truck menu will be an extension of what is currently offered at First Gallery: chicken nuggets, french fries, burgers, gyros, samosa chaat, and mozzarella sticks to name a few of the offerings, in addition to weekly specials and variety. Drinks and sweets.

Another change to late night dining this year is that the Frist Campus Center will close at 2 a.m. each night. This means that the late-night menu on Saturday, commonly referred to as the “drunk meal”, will also now close at 2am instead of 3am. Studio ’34 will also be open Wednesday to Sunday from 9pm to 2am. After 2 a.m., the food truck will be the only dining option on campus.

Prospect Avenue Dining Club events typically take place from 11pm to 2am

Wawa, located next to the train station at the bottom of campus, remains open 24/7, but late-night dining in Princeton has become relatively rare after the pandemic. Once a popular destination for students seeking sustenance in the early hours of the morning after a night of partying, Hoagie Haven now closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 10pm the rest of the week.

Leila Granier, 26, said she’s really excited about the food truck, and she expects it will be especially beneficial for students who choose to go out on weekend nights. Pointing to the crowding that sometimes occurs during a “drunken meal” at Frist Gallery, Granier added that she believes “the food truck will spread people (out) more and make (late-night dining) less chaotic.”

Madeline Miller, 26, said that while she’s not worried about the change in hours at Frist Gallery, she is concerned about the possibility of “long lines that will come with this new (food truck) service.”

Isha Wagle ’26 noted that she would like more information to be publicized about dining on campus, such as adding a food truck and expanding late meal hours.

Jenny Kim is a news writer at Al-Prince newspaper.

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