Food Court testing Chick-N-Grill for potential replacement of Chef Yan Can Cook


The possible elimination of Chef Yan Can Cook from the Student Union Food Court has began with a two-week trial period of a new restaurant — Chick-N-Grill.

The two-week trial period started after Spring Break and will continue through this week. The Student Union Advisory Board and the Food Advisory Council will be accepting feedback from students during the trial period, and once the trial is complete, they will take steps to keep Chick-N-Grill, revert back to Chef Yan Can Cook or try another option.

“An Asian cuisine [restaurant] at a school of our size just does not make sense,” said Student Union Director Justin Camputaro. “It’s a type of [place] that people don’t eat at every single day.”

Chick-N-Grill, founded in 1999, is “like a much healthier version of Chick-Fil-A,” Camputaro said. The franchise is based solely in Florida and is adamant about the Going Green Movement, serving fresh foods with no MSG or trans-fat.

The advisory board had discussed the possibility of bringing a Chick-Fil-A to campus, but Camputaro said rules exist concerning proximity of Chick-Fil-A restaurants that may prevent UNF from housing the restaurant on campus, as well as “astronomical” franchising costs. However, introducing a small kiosk to sell Chick-Fil-A on campus is another option that has been discussed with Chartwells.