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Spud Nation offers potato dishes on campus

Spud Nation is one of many Integrated Business Core companies at BYU-Idaho this semester, located in the Joseph Fielding Smith building in the first floor lobby, according to the Spud Nation Facebook page.

They are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and serve a variety of different loaded fries, according to their Facebook page.

Spud Nation’s tagline is, “Always fresh. Always delicious. Always Idaho. Everytime,” according to their Facebook page.

“We have 3 different options for right now: our Philly cheese steak fry, our BBQ pulled pork fry and our cheese and bacon fry,” said Derek Beutler, the CEO of Spud Nation and a senior studying business management.

They also have a number of unique fry options such as “The Bomb,” “The Cowboy” and “The Mick,” according to their Facebook page.

They also offer “The Munchy,” which is a quarter-pound of plain fries with your choice of cheese or fry sauce for $2, according to the Spud Nation Facebook page.

Beutler said they charge $6 for an 8-by-8 inch container of a quarter-pound of fries with the loaded toppings.

They accept credit, cash and checks, according to the BYU-Idaho IBC Company Web page.

According to their Facebook page the companies two main focuses are to serve delicious fries as well as an amazing loaded experience.

Beutler said when deciding which fries they would offer, they surveyed roughly 800 students on campus to find out what choices would sell best and what their customers would want.

As of right now, they do not deliver, however, they hope to start delivering to other buildings on campus eventually, according to their Facebook page.

Beutler said at the start of the semester his group of 16 was told to come up with a food company idea.

Beutler said they wanted to give people a real authentic Idaho experience, and figured that potatoes would be the best way to do that.

Beutler said their group wanted to create a memorable brand to go along with their company. Their marketing team created the Spud Nation logo as well as the shirts that you see all of the employees wearing at their stand.

“We’ve had a lot of success and gained a lot of revenue,” Beutler said.

They have about 10 positive reviews on their Facebook page so far.

“Spud Nation is so yummy,” said Jordan Murray, a sophomore studying computer information technology . “I got it for the after-class munchies and it wasn’t just filling, but it was tasty, too.”

Preston John, an alumnus of BYU-I, liked their food and the team.

“Customer service is awesome,” said Chelsea Doench, a senior studying elementary education. “They really want to make sure you enjoy your food and find out what they can do better. Sometimes the wait can be long, but it is so worth it.”

Beutler said they use the revenue that comes in to help their business to continue to run and grow.

“Loaded Fries. Loaded Experience.Not just an eatery, it’s an experience too,” according to the BYU-I Spud Nation Web page.

He said the company has been open for one week and will run for nine weeks, then, at the end of the semester, all of the income they receive is donated to a charity. BYU-I gets to pick which charity they will donate to.

“Come join the nation,” Beutler said. “We are ready for them, and we love all the people that have come and we are ready for more.”

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