Late night dining options limited for WSU students
Wright State students have voiced concerns that there are not enough late night dining options, or weekend breakfast options on campus.
After 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, the only dining option is in the C-Store where students can purchase subs and snacks. On Fridays, the C-Store is the latest option closing at 10 p.m.
On Saturdays and Sundays, there are no breakfast options before 11 a.m.
WSU student Alex Woodall said that when the Union Market does open on weekends, no breakfast items are provided.
“It’s not breakfast, just lunch,” Woodall said. “All I have in my room are Pop Tarts. You get sick of those after a while.”
Allison Durden is a WSU transfer student from the University of Toledo (UT). She said the after-hours options at UT were better than the options at WSU, but that she preferred WSU’s choices.
“I like Wright State’s food choices, they are a little healthier than Toledo’s,” Durden said. “The Taco Bell and Burger King, it was greasy. It is a healthy change.”
Senior organizational leadership major Trent Arnold said when he lived on campus during his freshman and sophomore years, he resorted to using vending machines for late-night meals.
“Those usually don’t fill you up,” Arnold said. “I am the type of person a who would like to have a cooked meal to keep me going.”
The Denny’s Allnighter, which opened on Aug. 26, was never intended to be a late-night dining option, according to WSU Hospitality Service Marketing Director Clint Kernen. The restaurant closes at 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m. on Friday and is closed on weekends.
“I think that was one the unfortunate misconceptions with that brand’s name,” Kernen said. “It was just the name Denny’s developed with its college/university brand.”
WSU was the seventh Denny’s Allnighter to open. Two other Denny’s Allnighter campus locations were open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. According to the Vice President of Concept Innovations at Denny’s Greg Powell, those locations scaled back their hours.
“They found not a whole lot of good happens after 3 a.m.,” Powell said.
Powell said the restaurant’s name paid homage to students who study all night and that regular Denny’s locations are open 24 hours a day.
“I thought the Denny’s Allnighter was all night but I guess not,” Durden said.
One benefit to having the Denny’s Allnighter, according to Arnold, is having breakfast later in the day.
Woodall said that he felt more options should be available to students.
“I think that something definitely needs to be done,” Woodall said. “I think maybe they’re starting to see that it’s a problem, but right now it still needs fixed.”