Temaki, Smoothie King Set June 4 Opening
A "VIP Night" is scheduled this week to preview the new Temaki & Tea and Smoothie King, which occupy the former Hardees building on Presque Isle Avenue. The official opening is scheduled for June 4, after on-site training can be completed for employees who will work with Smoothie King products and equipment.
The interior has been transformed to include two separate seating areas on each side of the entryway. At the front of the facility is a see-through stone fireplace that separates traditional tables and chairs from lounge seating. Nearby is a chabudai, or low circular table found in many Japanese restaurants.
Paul Schoonveld (Dining Services), who will manage the facility, said the Temaki & Tea menu has also expanded to include signature rolls made with scallops, teriyaki salmon and softshell crab. A Memphis Roll made with pulled pork that was featured as a special at the former location will now be offered regularly.
“We’re excited,” said Schoonveld. “It’s a new adventure for Dining Services and we expect the response to be overwhelming. This is a unique opportunity to continue to serve the campus community while also improving access for the general public.
Smoothie King emphasizes health and nutrition, so it’s an ideal location for a franchise, with the PEIF and campus athletic facilities so close.”
According to the company website, Smoothie King has been rated No. 1 among juice bar franchises for 18 years. Its smoothies are blended with real fruit, natural juices and “revolutionary enhancers.” They come in many flavors and revolve around seven functions: stay healthy, trim down, get energy, build up, snack right, indulge and kids’ kups. Thirty-eight smoothies are under 300 calories.
Art Gischia (Business and Auxiliary Services) said Dining Services is still exploring options for the former Temaki & Tea location in C.B. Hedgcock.