Regents to chew fat on new food contract

Cougar news services

The University of Houston System Board of Regents Executive Committee will meet at 11 a.m. today in the Athletic/Alumni Facility to discuss the System's proposed new food-service contract.

The committee approved a $4.2-million bid from Chartwells June 1 for a proposed 10-year food-service contract.

The new contract will cover food and vending operations (excluding cold-beverage vending) at UH, UH-Clear Lake and UH-Downtown, including food services at the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and UH athletic facilities.

According to a summary of the contract, Chartwells will begin its service at UH on or before Aug. 12. Brand-name food stands Chartwells has proposed include many already on the UH campus - like Wendy's, Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A - and some new additions like Burger King, Subway and Harlon's BBQ.

The report indicates Chartwells will give away a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle as part of its grand-opening celebrations and will also give every Cougar OneCard holder the chance to have $5 added to his or her debit account to try Chartwells food.

Renovations to existing food-service areas at UH will begin as soon as possible if the Regents approve the contract later this month.

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