UTC will be adding Einstein Bros. Bagels and Dippers to its new west campus housing complex to attract more Chattanooga citizens to campus.
The restaurants are set to open in fall 2018 with the rest of the housing complex and will be accessible from the street.
Although the food chains are located inside a housing complex, members of the public who aren’t affiliated with UTC will still be welcome to eat inside.
The housing complex and two chains are part of the university’s master plan, created in 2012, that aims to expand the campus into the downtown and MLK areas.
The university hopes to attract more kinds of people to campus through initiatives like this one.
"I think that we want to be part of the community and want the community to be part of us not only to work on projects, but we want others to be comfortable and want them to feel like they have a part on this campus," Chuck Cantrell, associate vice chancellor of marketing and communication, said. "It builds a synergy when we’re together."
Einstein Bros. Bagels is a bagel shop that also sells coffee, hot sandwiches and pastries.
Dippers is a fried chicken joint created by Aramark, a food service company responsible for managing all the restaurants on UTC’s campus.
Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She is also currently attending UTC, where she is the news editor for the school newspaper, The University Echo. Alina is also the Chattanooga correspondent for 2nd & Church, a literary magazine based out of Nashville.