IHOP, Sonic, and Steak ’n Shake are the vendors currently being considered for Bart Mart’s expansion next academic year, according to the February 5 Inter-House Council (IHC) meeting minutes. This is an attempt to incorporate non-Aramark brands into the dining options.
Inter-House Council is asking for student input on which of the three options they prefer and what other products or vendors they would like to see in Bart Mart. Students can also give input on whether the necessary renovations should be made at the beginning or end of the quarter, as Bart Mart will have to be closed temporarily for the renovations sometime next year. The exact timeline will be determined once UChicago Dining selects and signs a contract with the brand, which may take up to six months. The chosen vendor would then open in Bart Mart no sooner than next winter quarter.
Also under consideration is the future location of Fourth Meal following the demolition of Pierce. It will either be moved to Cathey or Bartlett Dining Commons, though Cathey is currently the preferred option.