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By Jeannine Manning Hutson
Former East Carolina University students who remember the Croatan from its early years will be surprised to learn where they used to pop in for a soft drink and sandwich has been replaced with a building housing two full-service restaurants.
Built in 1970, the Croatan had grown to house a Chick-fil-A Express and serve approximately 3,000 customers per day. The building was demolished in June 2009 to make way for the two-story building that stands on the site today, which opened for faculty, staff and students Jan. 10.
The new Croatan houses two foodservice offerings: Chili’s Too and an expanded full-service Chick-fil-A. Private and public dining areas will be available on the first floor; the second floor will house Chili’s Too, where customers can order at a counter and dine in a restaurant seating area.
Upstairs, the private dining area has been named “The University Club” and will provide table-service for faculty and staff members from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. and can be reserved by groups, including student clubs, for dinner meetings. On its walls are framed ECU sports jerseys and sports photos. Downstairs, two meetings area will allow large groups, up to 120 people, to meet in “The Green Room,” or a small group in a side meeting room.
This story appeared originally in the Jan. 28, 2011 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/poe/2011/111/January-2011-Archives.cfm.