Buena Vida Food Court Opens at SEU

On the morning of March 7, SEU students, faculty and staff gathered with Lakeland Mayor Howard Wiggs and SEU Chairman of the Board Terry Raburn to dedicate the newest addition to our ever-growing campus … the Buena Vida Food Court.

Tucked between the east and west wings of Buena Vida, SEU’s new live/learn facility, the food court includes Papa John’s Pizza, Einstein Bros. Bagels and Back Yard Burgers. The partnership with these national brands was facilitated by SEU’s food services provider Chartwells, expanding the existing relationship that SEU shares with Chick-fil-A, which opened on campus in 2014.

Food court ribbon-cutting ceremony

“We’re excited to open this space where our students, faculty and staff can enjoy meals and that we can also use to welcome members of our community,” said SEU President Dr. Kent Ingle.

Howard Wiggs, mayor of the City of Lakeland, was enthusiastic about the possibilities this location offers. “I’m always so proud of the people here at SEU. This place is a wonderful addition to our city.”

After the dedication ceremony, members of the SEU community and guests from around town enjoyed a block party with free food samples, music, frisbees and games … and of course the exciting menus offered by each establishment.

The outdoor tables overlook Lake Hollloway

Papa John’s has a selection of freshly made personal pizzas, perfect for students on the go. Einstein Bros. offers their famous bagels as well as an impressive array of desserts, fresh salads, sandwiches, and coffees. For grill lovers, Back Yard Burgers offers Angus beef burgers, grilled chicken, a large variety of sides and even handmade milkshakes.

The indoor and outdoor tables, sloping lawn and beautiful view of Lake Holloway make the location even more welcoming. The food court is open to the community.

Buena Vida Food Court Hours

Backyard Burgers
Monday–Thursday: 10:45 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Einstein Bros. Bagels
Monday–Friday: 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Papa Johns
Monday–Thursday: 10:45 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:45 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

These initial hours of operation may be adjusted in the coming weeks.