BREAKING: New dining options announced


Three restaurants coming to SDSU have officially been announced: Chick-fil-A, Panda Express and Extreme Pita.

They will be located on the main level of The Union after the expansion is complete.

Anthony Sutton, Students’ Association vice president, said the university used results from a student survey to make the selection.

“I’m excited that we’re going to have a blend of national options and local options,” he said.

Chick-fil-A was founded in College Park, Ga., during the late 1940’s and is one of the nation’s largest privately owned restaurant chains. As the name suggests, this fast food chain is all about chicken. They use 100 percent pure breast meat and cook it in peanut oil to reduce trans fat.  The chain sold more than 282 million Chick-fil-A sandwiches in 2010, and on Jan. 9 the company announced more than $4 billion worth of sales for 2011.

Panda Express is a division of the Panda Restaurant Group headquartered in California. The first Panda Express opened in 1983 in Glendale, Calif. The chain’s first university location was opened 10 years later in 1993 at the University of California-Los Angeles.

Extreme Pita was founded by brothers Alex and Mark Rechichi in 1997 in Ontario, Canada. The company quickly expanded through Canada and in 2003 opened its first U.S. location in Arizona.