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Wichita State's on-campus dining options expanding with two popular fast-food chains

A Freddy's Frozen Custard will open in August in Wichita State University's Rhatigan Student Center.
A Freddy's Frozen Custard will open in August in Wichita State University's Rhatigan Student Center.

When the fall semester arrives, Wichita State students and staff won't have to leave campus to get two popular fast-food options.

WSU's dining services announced today that Freddy's Frozen Custard and Panda Express both will open this fall in the Rhatigan Student Center, where many students and faculty go to grab lunch.

The two new options will replace Mondo Subs and Sono on the student center's first floor. WSU's dining services staff said that Panda Express will open first on Aug. 13, and Freddy's should be ready on Aug. 20.

Panda Express will offer its full menu, said Jeremy Jefferson, a marketing manager for WSU's food contractor, Chartwells. This will be the first Freddy's location on a college campus, so the menu is still being finalized, he said. But frozen custard will be served.

Last year, the center opened Sono, a Chipotle-like burrito concept, to replace Taco Bell. Mondo Subs also opened last year, replacing Erbert & Gerberts.

The student center also has a Chick-fil-A and a Pizza Hut, and a new Starbucks opened there in January, replacing Fastbreak.

Freddy's is a growing chain that started in Wichita and specializes in steak burgers and shoestring fries. Panda Express is a national chain that serves quick-service Chinese dishes.

(FILE VIDEO - SEPTEMBER 1, 2017) As Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers celebrates its 15th anniversary, founders Randy Simon and Scott Redler and spokesman Freddy Simon reflect on its success and remember founder Bill Simon, who passed away.

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