UA students will have several new on-campus dining options when school fires up on Monday.
But first things first: Starbucks is coming to the Main Library.
The princely purveyor of all things caffeinated will set up a shop in a small space in the library courtyard that formerly housed Bookend Café. Starbucks will have hours conducive for students studying: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.
The University of Arizona also is unveiling Tapingo, a mobile app to order take-and-go meals at several Student Union Memorial Center and Park Student Union eateries. Users can place their orders and pay with their UA meal plan or a credit card.
"Instead of having to stand in line, they can technically order as they are leaving class and have their order ready when they get there," said Jason Tolliver, the newly installed head of UA student unions.
Tolliver said the app is being rolled out in phases beginning with Einstein Bros. Bagels, Sabor, IQ Fresh, Cactus Grill, Cellar Bistro, Core Plus, Highland Market and Bagel Talk. Other restaurants will be added, although no timetable has been set, he said.
Also new this fall:
• Bear Down Kitchen, located inside Arizona Stadium's new Lowell-Stevens football facility. This is the training table for UA athletes, the place they will gather for their late afternoon meal. It will open to the public from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays for all-you-can-eat breakfast and lunch buffets or a made-to-order menu. The best part of the experience - aside from panoramic views of the stadium - could be people watching. Don't be surprised to see star athletes among the diners.
• Red & Blue Market grab-and-go line - A revamped selection of sandwiches, salads, sushi and gluten-free items available at U-Mart, Highland Market and Park Avenue Market; and at Nucleus, AME and McClelland convenience stores. Several new gluten-free items including PB&J and turkey club sandwiches and a chicken basil wrap also available.