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Thursday, 29 April, 2010 2:45 AM

The Smoothie Wars are Heating Up on the campus of Wayne State University

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Freshens Restaurant is now open on the first floor of the Towers Residential Suites along Anthony Wayne Drive on the WSU campus.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

DETROIT -- Smoothies are popping up everywhere as the temperatures continue to rise. Five restaurants are now selling these healthy and nutritious drinks on the Wayne State University (WSU) campus: LaPita Mediterranean Grille on Cass Avenue, Byblo’s Café on Cass Avenue, Epicurus Place on Warren Avenue and McDonalds inside the student center. Freshens Restaurant opened its doors two months ago. It is located on the first floor of the Towers Residential Suites.

Don Kahn is the director of food services at The Towers.

"We’re doing smoothies, fat-free frozen yogurt and then also granola," Kahn said. "In addition to that, we have the fresh market, which offers sandwiches, soups, and then we also have Hershey’s ice cream."

Some students say they welcome the addition of Freshens to the campus community.

"This place is definitely worth while to check out to make healthier choices than eating fast food all the time," said student Cindy Walkush.

Another popular place for smoothies is LaPita Mediterranean Grille. It has been open since 2006.

General Manager Maria Tabou says the opening of Freshens has not affected business at LaPita.

"I don’t think it has at all," Tabou said. "I think on our end, because we offer food, it brings a different clientele in too."

Some students say that LaPita is great because of its location and its Mediterranean cuisine.

"If I’m getting a smoothie, then I won’t be able to get my yummy shawama," said student Khizran Ali. "So that’s why I stick with either or and I usually go for the shawarma so smoothies are out."

There’s nothing like a cool smoothie on a warm day. Wayne State students and faculty now have many choices of where to get one. For now, the smoothie wars continue.

 

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LaPita Mediterranean Grille is another popular place for smoothies on the WSU campus.

 

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LaPita Mediterranean Grille is located at 5056 Cass Avenue in Detroit.

 

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Byblo's Cafe also sells smoothies and is located at 87 W. Palmer Avenue in Detroit.

 

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Epicurus Place is another restaurant that offers smoothies. It is located at 111 W. Warren Avenue in Detroit.

 

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Smoothies are also available at the McDonald's Restaurant inside the Student Center.

 

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The Student Center is located at the intersection of Kirby Street and Gullen Mall. on the WSU campus.

 

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