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Food stand coming to Transit Center

The Clay Oven will provide to-go lunches

Posted: July 17, 2013 - 5:47pm  |  Updated: July 17, 2013 - 11:09pm
The downtown Transit Center will host a new concessionaire before winter.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
The downtown Transit Center will host a new concessionaire before winter.

If you’ve spent any time at the downtown Transit Center this week, you may have noticed the waiting area is closed.

In preparation for a new concessionaire, the City and Borough of Juneau Parks and Recreation Building Maintenance Department is installing roll-down security doors over the area that once housed Empanada Dorada.

“Capital Transit is taking the lead on getting a new concessionaire in there,” Kirk Duncan, Director of Public Works, said. “Having a manned presence in there cuts down on vandalism and allows people to ask questions.”

Representatives for Capital Transit were not available for comment on construction efforts at the center.

Due to long hours and staffing issues, the former concessionaire left in May 2012. The space has remained vacant since.

The Clay Oven, an Indian cuisine restaurant at the Frontier Suites Airport Hotel, is opening a satellite restaurant in the space.

“I’ll serve combination meals there,” said owner and chef Mukesh Kumar. “But it will be mini lunch combos that people can grab and go.”

It is unclear what else the stand will offer regarding bus passes, tokens and other concessions. And a move-in date has not yet been established.

An endeavor associated with the Capital Transit improvement plans presented to the public earlier this month, the new vendor aims to fill a void in public service for tourists and residents who frequently use public transit.

“What we’re trying to do is provide a little higher level of service and information,” said Duncan.

Contact reporter Kenneth Rosen at 523-2250 or at kenneth.rosen@juneauempire.com.

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