Albany State Celebrates Opening of New Retail Dining

ALBANY, GA (October 1, 2019) – Students at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia recently celebrated the completion of renovations to the school’s new trendy dining venues that better serve their needs! The food service is managed by the school’s dining services partner, Aladdin, a member of the Elior North America family of culinary management companies

Customer at counterAccording to Amanda Patterson, Aladdin resident district manager, a full-service Chick-fil-A replaced the Chick-fil-A-Express. “The benefit is that we are already familiar with the concept and experienced with their brand standards and expectations. The full-service Chick-fil-A provides a server who personally takes their orders for all meal parts, which better serves the needs of our campus community.” Hours of operation will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

In addition to Chick-fil-A, the current Subway was replaced with Chilaca, Aladdin’s fast-casual Mexican concept. The strength and appeal of the Mexican restaurant segment led Aladdin to create this signature brand, more authentic than Tex-Mex. Students can expect to enjoy tacos, burritos and bowls topped with their choice of fresh proteins and vegetables for lunch and dinner. Students can satisfy their spicy food cravings by visiting Chilaca Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Both venues are managed by Blondie Turner, retail manager.

Other venues on campus include the university’s food truck which offers something different by Executive Chef Mitchell Parker. The food truck opened last year and floats between the east and west campuses. “What students like best about the truck is the rotating menu. We serve everything from burgers and grill cheese to chicken wings and barbecue brisket over French fries. A favorite amongst students is the walking chicken and waffle. “We make our waffle cones like an ice cream cone, and stuff it with chicken tenders. Students can select from three toppings on their walking chicken and waffle – hot, barbecue and honey sriracha,” says Ms. Patterson. “The kids love it!”

The truck features the Albany State logo and can be found at sporting events, on weekends and even during exams to give students an extra dining option during late night study periods. Housing will also book the truck for their activities.

About Aladdin
Aladdin has more than 40 years of experience, and as part of the Elior North America family of brands, the company focuses on building strong client partnerships while leveraging the resources of our global organization. Our teams understand that enhancing the educational experience is more important than ever and we work to develop a comprehensive culinary management program to meet each client’s needs. Our programs focus on ways to engage and inspire students, staff, and guests by creating flavorful, high-quality, nutritious, made-from-scratch meals to fuel and energize growing minds each day. Aladdin is committed to making a positive difference in people’s lives by creating unique culinary experiences for each local community that we serve.

About Albany State University
Albany State University will be a world-class comprehensive university and a powerful catalyst for the economic growth and development of Southwest Georgia. ASU will be recognized for its innovative and creative delivery of excellent educational programs, broad-based community engagement and public service, and creative scholarship and applied research, all of which enrich the lives of the diverse constituencies served by the University. A proud member institution of the University System of Georgia, ASU elevates its community and region by offering a broad array of graduate, baccalaureate, associate, and certificate programs at its main campuses in Albany as well as at strategically-placed branch sites and online. For more information about Clinton College please visit


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