With Quarter’s Campus Grill currently undergoing renovations and a change in management, a new campus-oriented burger joint has opened hoping to fill this recently-vacated niche.
Feral’s, located next to The Night Owl, opened April 8 after several months of planning and refurbishing of the space by it’s owner, Wes Mills. The new eatery is operated out of the back of The Olive, which Mills also owns.
Paula Freeze, manager of Feral’s, said the first few days of business were slow but picked up as word of the restaurant spread.
Business during Feral’s opening week grew so much that by Monday, after gradually picking up through the weekend, the small two-person operation had run out of food, requiring it to close temporarily.
Although Feral’s has a number of features that sets it apart from other fast-food restaurants such as it’s staying open until 3 a.m., selling beer and its “Gut Buster Challenge,” Freeze attributed their cheap prices to the restaurant’s growing popularity.
With hamburgers priced at $1.50, and fries and a soft drink costing $1 each, Freeze said Feral’s cheap prices were designed to appeal to college students, and the restaurant was made with students’ tight budgets in mind.
While Feral’s staff has been able to accommodate the current influx of customers.
Freeze said they will be looking into hiring more workers, particularily college students, in the next couple of weeks to help with the busy schedule.
Story by Ben Manhanke, Assistant News Editor.