With the renovation of the Elliott Student Union, an exciting brand new food concept is coming to the University of Central Missouri.

UCM Dining announces that in April 2020, the location formerly occupied by Steak N’ Shake will be the site for CRU5H (pronounced Crush), providing new food options for students, faculty, staff, and the general public..

CRU5H officially opens April 13. Its unique name with numeral “5” represents all the things that this dining establishment stands for: 5-star quality, a selection of $5 meals, 5 menu categories including custom grill sandwiches, breakfast all day, appetizers, build-to-order fresh Mex and desserts. Whether it’s a shake, smoothie, spicy wings, nachos or a “Bacon Me Crazy” with ingredients that include a choice of eggs, sugar-glazed and smoky bacon, caramelized onions, and citrus garlic aioli, CRU5H offers an innovative, affordable and memorable dining experience.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to introduce CRU5H to the UCM community as a new dining option in the Elliott Student Union,” said Shari Bax, vice president for Student Experience and Engagement. “We believe students will be pleased with the large variety of food offerings and flavors this brand offers. With an operating schedule that enables late-night dining on campus and the availability of grab-and-go items and kiosk ordering, the campus will find CRU5H a satisfying option whether eating on the go or at the Union Bowing Center, next door."

The university is working through its Dining Services provider, Sodexo, to bring CRU5H to campus. While the restaurant will not open until April, Sodexo plans to introduce the campus community to CRU5H food items weeks ahead of its arrival. Beginning Jan. 22, every Wednesday Sodexo will make items from the CRU5H menu available in the Elliott Student Union Central Courte.

"CRU5H is going to be an amazing addition to our current dining options. We're bringing back some ‘late-night’ appetizer and sandwich favorites, fresh Mex, spicy wings, and adding all-day breakfast for the late risers. Limitless menu combinations, self-order kiosks, patio seating, and the overall unique vibe will make this the best place in the ‘Burg to hang out and see friends," said Justin Dreslinski, resident district manager, Sodexo.

While the Elliott Student Union offers an indoor dining experience, the addition of CRU5H with the Union renovation project also provides opportunity for outdoor dining. CRU5H customers will be able to enjoy both fresh air and a fresh array of food options when CRU5H opens this spring. This is in addition to a schedule that includes staying open as late as 1 a.m.

More information about CRU5H will be provided closer to the opening date. Learn more by following @UCMElliottUnion and @DiningUCM on Twitter.