Makayla Higgins serving Antenicka Shields at MOOYAH now open in the Station.

After being vacant for a full semester, the Station dining area is back and bustling with hungry students, staff and faculty.

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries and Shakes had its grand opening Jan. 14. MOOYAH is located in the Station, near the P.O.D. Market, replacing Papa John’s which left campus at the conclusion of the spring 2018 semester.

MOOYAH is a fast-casual “better burger” brand founded out of Plano, Texas, in 2007. It prides itself on never-frozen Angus beef, real ice cream shakes and french fries hand-cut from Idaho potatoes. The grand opening marked the first MOOYAH in Missouri.

President and Chief Operating Officer of MOOYAH Michael Mabry said MOOYAH is located on more than six college campuses where the company has seen great success. He hopes this will also be reflected on the Northwest campus.

“The ultimate goal is that the students and faculty accept us and that they use us, that we support what is happening on the campus well and that they support us,” Mabry said. “At the end of the day we serve burgers, fries and shakes, and we want to do it in a manner where the service is good and the food quality is high, people feel that they are getting good value for their money.”

Freshman Kailee Allen ate at MOOYAH during the grand opening and said the best part about her experience was the quality service.

“I feel like the service was really good,” Allen said. “One of the guys helped us figure out how to write and work the order sheet so that was good because we didn't know what we were doing.”

The opening date of MOOYAH was pushed back several times due to contractor specifics and requirements. Mabry said there were issues with the design that set back the opening date. These issues resulted in the Station being without a restaurant for eight months.

“In any restaurant builds, there is always something,” Mabry said. “It was nothing out of the ordinary, just something that happened.”

Director of Facility Services Allen Mays said the construction of MOOYAH was pretty much complete prior to winter break but decided to wait until the spring semester rolled around to open.

“I think it did build excitement,” Mays said. “I wish we could have built something there maybe a little bit quicker but overall the excitement build helped it open.”

Despite delays in opening, Mabry said the grand opening went well and customers seemed to like the brand.

“Hopefully as the student body and faculty eat there, we’re a franchise company, that will get some traction and get some new guests,” Mabry said. “You never know, maybe one of those students, one of those faculty or a parent sees a good business opportunity and we’ll grow as a brand to other parts of Missouri.”

MOOYAH serves beef burgers, turkey burgers and black bean veggie burgers. Customers can choose from five different kinds of cheese, 20 free sauces and toppings and seven flavors of shakes.

MOOYAH will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekdays and 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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