The Crossroads will be working with an Integrated Business Core (IBC) gro to bring new food to the area where Henry’s Fork BBQ currently sits.
The IBC gro, which is run by business students, is still brainstorming food ideas but expects to be ready in February.
With these new changes, it is the plan that future IBC gros will be able to offer their foods in The Crossroads also.
“They usually construct booths around campus, and that is hard because of compliances with the health department when dealing with food,” said Todd Huchendorf, General Manager of The Crossroads. “Here we can have them, and it will be easier to comply with the regulations that would otherwise be hard to accomplish.”
This will be the first time food from an IBC gro will be offered in conjunction with The Crossroads.
Ben Eagar, a junior studying business management and IBC gro member, said his gro will work closely with The Crossroads managers to meet all regulations in order to ensure efficiency in this new process.
Huchendorf said Food Services is excited to work with the IBC gro and hopes that this will carry over to following semesters.
“It gives us the chance to interact with the students,” Huchendorf said. “We treat them like a franchise. We look forward to the chance to work with them this semester.”
At the moment Eager said he doesn’t know what kind of food will be served there yet.
“Right now we are working on research data. We are trying to figure out who comes to The Crossroads and custom fit the food to that demographic,” Eagar said.
Eagar said his team is currently working on a sports bar concept. During the semester there are some major sporting events such as the Ser Bowl and March Madness. This is the main driving point behind the sports bar concept, but Eagar said other ideas are being tossed around.
There are three gros that are brainstorming ideas to see which one will best fit in The Crossroads. To make the final decision, the gros will have a retreat to discuss all options.
The IBC program does not just deal with food businesses. IBC students create multiple small businesses that incorporate various concepts.
In past semesters, students have created businesses to sell clothing, hot chocolate, crepes and candy, among other things. Other IBC gros have offered services like cleaning the headlights of cars.