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Roots celebrates grand opening

January 31, 2018

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Students, faculty and staff try Roots’ vegan options
at its grand opening.

Students, faculty and staff try Roots’ vegan options at its grand opening.

Photo by: Keely Diebold

Photo by: Keely Diebold

Students, faculty and staff try Roots’ vegan options at its grand opening.

Roots, a plant-based cafe in the Galiano Dining Hall, had its official grand opening this morning at 10 a.m., though the cafe began serving students last semester.

Students, faculty and community members were invited to sample Roots’ products.

Executive Chef Ashley Lapeyrouse said Nicholls President Jay Clune and his wife, local newspaper reporters and local chefs made appearances at the grand opening.

AJ Dayon, a recent culinary graduate and chef at Roots, said students have reacted positively to the food choices.

“People have been asking a lot of questions about the food. When they try it, they end up really liking it,” said Dayon.

Senior biology major Joselyn Braimah said she was initially skeptical about vegan food, but her friends encouraged her to try Roots.

She said, “So I tried it, and I absolutely loved it. Now, that’s all I get here.”

Other students said they like the variety of beans, rice and vegetables they have to choose from to incorporate into their stir fry. Sophomore football player Jordan Talley said several of his teammates and other athletes have been enjoying the cafe’s healthy variety.

Look out for more details about Roots in the February issue of Nicholls Worth: The Magazine coming out this Thursday.

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