"Drunk meal" food truck launches on September 21

Students seeking late-night dining options will soon have a new spot to visit during midnight study breaks or nights out on Prospect Avenue: the Campus Dining food truck. Beginning on Thursday, September 21, the food truck will operate on the north side of the McCosh Health Center from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

"Drunk meal" food truck launches on September 21

According to Ahmad Rizvi, the Media Relations Specialist in the Office of Communications, this initiative is part of Campus Dining's ongoing efforts to enhance late-night dining choices. The menu will resemble what's typically served at the Frist Gallery and will feature a weekly special. Students can pay for their orders with credit cards, Paw Points, and Dining Points.

The food truck's menu will offer an extension of the Frist Gallery's offerings, including chicken tenders, fries, burgers, gyros, samosa chaat, mozzarella sticks, assorted beverages, and desserts.

Another change in late-night dining is that the Frist Campus Center will now close at 2 a.m. every night, affecting the traditional "drunk meal" on Saturdays, which will also close at 2 a.m. Studio '34 will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and after 2 a.m., the food truck will be the sole Campus Dining option.

Eating club events on Prospect Avenue generally run from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

While Wawa remains open 24/7, late-night dining options in Princeton have become limited post-pandemic. Hoagie Haven, a once-popular destination for late-night bites, now closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and at 10 p.m. the rest of the week.

Students like Leila Granier '26 are excited about the food truck, seeing it as a valuable option for those going out on weekends. Granier believes that the food truck may help distribute crowds more evenly, reducing chaos during late-night dining.

Madeline Miller '26 is not concerned about the Frist Gallery's changing hours but worries about potential long lines at the food truck.

Isha Wagle '26 expressed a desire for more widespread publicity about Campus Dining updates, such as the food truck addition and expanded late-night dining hours.

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