In the evening, on any day of the week, you can find groups of college students gathering on a rooftop patio overlooking the downtown skyline. In the adjacent establishment students are congregated around booths in a popular Houston-based pizza chain, and a few doors down they are enjoying a gourmet ‘Cougar Blend’ coffee while studying. These students are not in popular Midtown or Upper Kirby … they are on Calhoun Road, just across the street from the University of Houston (perceptively on campus for many who don’t realize this particular strip of land is not UH property).
In addition to the development at 4701 Calhoun — which is home to Jimmy John’s, The Nook coffee house, Pink’s Pizza, Café 101 UH (Asian-fusion) and the newly opened Calhoun’s Rooftop Bar and Grill — a variety of new vendors have opened on campus, including inside the food court of the University Center, which opened in early 2014 following an $80 million renovation. UH also hosts rotating food trucks on two food truck pads, and a new late night food truck service for residential students in front of the Student Service Center. A new concept called Freshii will open inside the UC this spring, offering organic and vegetarian food options.