Duke Dining Welcomes New Food Truck & Merchants-on-Points Vendors



Duke Dining has added three new additions to its program in their search for vendors that will continue to compliment and enhance the dining program. Tijuana Flats and Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins have partnered with the Merchants on Points (MOPS) program, off-campus vendors that deliver to campus and Belgian Waffle Crafters has joined the food truck lineup. 

Tijuana Flats brings a fun and unique aspect to the Duke Dining MOPS program with a manifesto to include “A pair of tacos is always a winning hand,” and “There’s no problem a burrito can’t solve.” By always “keeping it fresh” Tijuana Flats’ mirrors Duke Dining’s healthy and sustainable vision by offering made to order items, lard-free beans, hormone free chicken, pork and steak and trans fat free cooking oil. Director of Dining, Robert Coffey said, “We conduct an extensive search process to find partners that align themselves with the Duke Dining core values. Tijuana Flats offers fresh food fast and is another great addition to our program.” Matt Weekley, Regional Director for Tijuana Flats, said, “We are so excited about joining the Duke Dining program and are ready to provide the best possible items to the students.”

Students had expressed interest in having a dessert option added to the MOPS program and with Dunkin Donuts being widely known as “America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods” Coffey reached out and secured a partnership. The local restaurant here in Durham is no stranger to their large fan base of Duke students and is excited to bring the glazed and sprinkled glory to campus. Peter Turner, managing partner, said, “Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins are thrilled to be a part of the Duke MOP dining program. We look forward to being a part of a truly superb university."

With Belgian Waffle Crafters being the first Belgian waffle food truck in the Triangle Duke Dining has brought the Belgian waffle craze to campus. “We are Belgian and we’ll bring to you what we do the best: Waffles,” says owner, Francois Kerckhof . Belgian Waffle Crafters will offer sweet inspirations to include the Choco Waffle and Banana Split to the savories such as the Belgian Crime (bacon and hot Belgian chocolate hot fudge) and the Bouc (goat cheese, apples, walnuts, honey and thyme). Kerckhof says, “After a little bit less than two years of operation we are thrilled to join some of the best food trucks in the area to serve our authentic Belgian waffles at Duke. So Blue Devils, be ready to welcome Freddy - the waffle truck - on your grounds and to enjoy a delicious sweet or savory, made from scratch, Belgian waffle!”

Robert Coffey researched vendors that would bring authenticity and uniqueness to the program and DUSDAC (Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee) tested the products. Coffey said, “Duke Dining has created a program that is cutting edge and varietous with our current offerings and want to continue to improve upon that model. By adding these new vendors and menu items to the dining program we are keeping our promise of delivering a world class dining program.”