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Out of touch again, Loyola replaces a fan-favorite sushi restaurant

After years of comforting students with fresh fish and delicious toppings, Mr. Pak was kicked off campus in March and replaced by another poke bowl shop. The move came as a surprise not just to the shop’s owner, but to many students, especially The Phoenix’s editorial board, whose members frequented the shop for a quick and healthy meal on campus.

Of course, it’s not like poke bowls have disappeared from campus. They even come with a variety of boba drinks to choose from now too. But we’re not the only ones to think that the new shop has suffered from a big drop in quality.

“With uninspiring combos and substandard bubble tea, it doesn’t quite live up to Mr. Pak’s legacy as a fan favorite,” wrote arts writer Mao Reynolds. and Phoenix Entertainment, in its review of the new addition to on-campus dining.

When you ordered from Mr Pak you knew the bowl of fish, rice, toppings and sauce would be good no matter what choices you made. But aside from new products that taste different, there’s a human side to Mr. Pak’s story that leaves a bad taste in our mouths when we change stores.

The university decided to put aside loyalty to the store that served students for two decades in favor of a new location that has yet to meet Mr. Pak’s expectations. Associate director of external communications Matt McDermott told The Phoenix the change was in response to student requests for change.

“We were thrilled to find Zen Sushi, which not only met this demand, but also aligned with the mission and values ​​of Aramark and the University,” McDermott said. “There was a lot of excitement around the opening, and we received lots of positive feedback from students about Zen Sushi’s menu and bubble tea options.”

However, that wasn’t the case when Phoenix writer Isabella Grosso asked the students what they thought of the new sushi shop.

The gross dismissal of Mr. Pak represents a long-standing misunderstanding the university has with its student body.

Whether it’s cutting Xfinity off-campus — an alternative to cable offering accessible TV for students — or raising tuition fees amid a global pandemic, it’s clear students aren’t the priority. .

It’s hard not to feel like the university is cutting costs and negating quality in order to make the most profit.

As students, we want to feel valued. And sellers need to feel valued too. This is clearly not the case.

Mr. Pak’s is just a small bite of Loyola’s venom.

The university can say what it wants, but The Phoenix editorial board has spoken. We are not impressed.

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