Last updated: March 15

Johnson Center West Side Renovation Begins March 11

The west side of the Johnson Center (JC) Atrium is being renovated to upgrade the food court. The entire space between and including Jorge’s to Apple Federal Credit Union will be demolished and completely remodeled to accommodate a new storefront layout with new restaurants: Chipotle, Garbanzo, Steak ‘n Shake, and Blaze Pizza. Star Ginger will stay in the Johnson Center Atrium but will be remodeled into a storefront. The construction will be completed on or about Aug 17, 2017.

The Chipotle brand is perhaps the biggest addition to the menu. Mason is the second university to open a Chipotle. It will be located in the current Jorge’s spot, which is now closed.

During renovation, Panera, Freshens, Express, and Starbucks will remain open. Red Hot & Blue and IndAroma will move across from Starbucks on the ground floor over Spring Break.

When finished, the aisle along the west side interior of the JC will be widened, similar in width to the east side.

Additionally, during the same timeframe, an outdoor patio will be constructed along the west side of the building for outside eating and socializing. This patio will run the entire length of the JC.

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Food Trucks Will Fill the Void

To compensate for the closed restaurants, The Hungry Patriot and Steak ‘n Shake food trucks will be available. Trucks will be open for lunch and dinner with a break in between (to restock the trucks). The trucks will be in the Mason Pond circle next to the George Mason statue. They will be open from 11am-2pm and then 5-7pm during weekdays. Food trucks will accept Mason Money, Bonus Funds, Freedom, cash, and credit/debit cards.

Auntie Anne’s has closed and will reopen Fall/Winter 2017 across the Atrium to the east side of the JC.

Mason Runs on Dunkin’

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Dunkin’ Donuts will begin operation on April 1 in Tidewater (where Auntie Anne’s and Red Mango used to be). The hours are 6am-5pm Monday through Friday and 8am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

New Options at Southside

Southside has rolled out an allergen-aware food station called Simple Servings where students with allergies or other dietary needs can select dishes free from contamination from other food stations.

Southside has expanded its vegetarian options and installed an Urban Cultivator indoor garden in order to grow and use fresh herbs in its food preparation.

Johnson Center Fire Alarm Replacement

The fire alarm system throughout the JC is being replaced. Construction began December 2016 and will last through May. Alarm testing will occur periodically during the replacement process. This will create some noise and inconvenience around the JC, but will be worth in terms of improved safety.