The University Star


Phone app rocks dining halls

Jones and Harris Dining Hall attendees can request music through the Rockbot app.

Arielle Raveney

February 21, 2018

There no longer has to be awkward silences while eating on-campus because diners can fill the airwaves with music and groove as they chew. Jones and Harris have introduced Rockbot, an app that is like an interactive jukebox. It allows anyone with the app the ability to queue up songs they want to...

A home-style taste of Chicago

Charles Rivers, business management junior, and Arianna Richards, exercise and sports science junior, are owners of BB's Chicago Style Foods.

Sonia Garcia

February 4, 2018

Two bobcats have teamed up to keep a tasty family recipe alive by selling food to their college community out of their home in San Marcos. Charles Rivers, business management junior, and Arianna Richards, exercise and sports science junior, have brought the Rivers family secret fried-chicken recipe...

Dia de Reyes is celebrated locally

dia de reyes cake pan dulce

Marissa Martinez

January 20, 2018

Colorful bread, joyous family members and the importance of tradition were ever present as Dia De Reyes, also known as the Epiphany, was celebrated over the first weekend in January. On Jan. 6 each year, many who identify with the Christian Hispanic culture commemorate Three Kings Day, which is believed...

Ivar’s River Pub re-opens to commemorate late owner

The entrance to the newly re-opened Ivar's River Pub.

Diana Furman

November 28, 2017

The newly renovated Ivar's River Pub re-opened its doors to the community on Oct. 2. Since the pub first opened in 1996, the restaurant, formerly known as The San Marcos River Pub and Grill, has been a staple of the city for years. The riverfront, bar-style hangout hosted locals daily before closing...

Four new restaurants hit the city

Photograph of plates lines up on bar

Ashley Brown

October 17, 2017

Several new restaurants and hang-out spots have arrived in San Marcos for students and residents to dine, drink and study. Four of them are a short walk from campus. UMAMI SUSHI Umami Sushi opened its doors March 20 and is located just off campus in the shopping center across from the Quad Bus...

Best places for late night snacking on the Square

Ayla Hanson, Insomnia Cookies employee, scoops ice cream Oct. 1 onto a freshly baked cookie.

Katie Burrell

October 12, 2017

The majority of restaurants and bars in San Marcos close between 10-12 p.m. However, the Square offers a few options for some unique late-night munchies. The safest bet for self-care after a night of drinking with friends on the square is a sober ride home and some food. For Bobcats who are waiting...

Students follow trend in delivery dining

Jack in the Box, located on the San Marcos Square

LeeAnn Cardwell

October 7, 2017

San Marcos has seen a rise in delivery services in recent years, now adding UberEATS to the list of services students are turning to as a new way to enjoy meals and make money. UberEATS, a multinational delivery service started by Uber Technologies, debuted its services in San Marcos Sept. 6 after...

From Lolita’s to Loli’s: local business thrives amidst adversity

The front entrance of Loli's cafe

Katie Burrell

August 1, 2017

One of San Marcos’ favorite breakfast taco joints continues to thrive within the community despite legal battles over its name. Loli’s Café, previously named Lolita’s, is a blue and red breakfast taco hut responsible for serving handcrafted tacos to the community. The shop is owned by Marta...

Student-alumni couple brew up new coffee shop

Paige Whitis, mass communication senior, makes drinks for customers July 9 at Ciao coffee shop in San Marcos.

Katie Burrell

July 11, 2017

Students and locals can now add Ciao Coffee, a new family-owned cafe, to their list of favorite java joints. A close walk from campus, patrons can hear the buzzing of blenders and beats of music from decades past at the new shop. The cafe’s owners are husband and wife Ben and Shelby Zeneli, members...

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