Taco Taco is now open from 8 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday. Morning hours will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., while Einsteinâ€™s hours will be curtailed to stay open only until 8 p.m.
Plans to extend Taco Tacoâ€™s hours were discussed over the summer recess.
â€œWe had talked about it at the beginning of the summer as a possible late-night option,â€ said Miguel Ardid, director of food services.
Extended hours for Taco Taco started last week, the same time that Einsteinâ€™s hours were at.
â€œIt was a soft, late-night opening, and we did some marketing. The word of mouth is getting out,â€ Ardid said.
According to Ardid, Taco Taco will only serve breakfast tacos during these hours, but its late night menu could expand if there is enough demand from students.
â€œIt is possible it might be expanded,â€ Ardid said.
Einsteinâ€™s hours were shortened in order to service Taco Tacoâ€™s extended hours.
â€œWe canâ€™t have everything open all the time. When we decided to open one, we had to close the other, and thatâ€™s really why that happened that way,â€ Ardid said.
The hours are highly dependent on student response. Whether or not students actually spend money determines its hours as a dining facility.
â€œIf there is a huge demand for it to be opened â€˜til midnight, then weâ€™ll continue doing that and possibly even expand. On the other hand, if the sales arenâ€™t there, and, if we notice that students are not coming in at, like, eleven to twelve, we might look to adjust the hours again,â€ Ardid said. â€œIt is kind of based on business needs.â€
Students have expressed concerns about Einsteinâ€™s hours being shortened.
â€œI think itâ€™s kind of cool that Taco Taco is open later, but it is inconvenient that Einsteinâ€™s is closed. If they were both open, that would be cool. Since one is closed it kinda sucks, like, if you want coffee at night you canâ€™t really get it,â€ said junior Dominique Davis.
â€œIt is what it is. It is helpful for some students, but I donâ€™t like the fact that they closed Einsteins down just to make it available for Taco Taco,â€ said junior Breanna Willis. â€œFrom Einsteins you have a variety of things. If you just wanted a bagel or if you just wanted soup, coffee, fruit or something you can get that. A lot of people did want Taco Taco to be open at later hours so they got what they wanted.â€
If students want Einsteinâ€™s be open longer they need to demand it and support it by spending money there.
â€œIf sales would support Einsteinâ€™s being open as well, then thatâ€™s something we can look at in the future. It would be more of a business decision. If the students felt like they had to choose, and they felt like Einsteinâ€™s would be the one they preferred to have open then we would look at that, too,â€ said David Tuttle, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students.
â€œBy demanding it, itâ€™s actually by visiting us. You can ask for a lot of things but if you donâ€™t support the cause then it doesnâ€™t go anywhere,â€ Ardid said.