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¡Adios, Sí Señor!: CMU replaces University Center staple

Housing and Dining has replaced Sí Señor with El Gallo de Oro, a restaurant operated by the same vendor, but with a different staff and menu. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor) Housing and Dining has replaced Sí Señor with El Gallo de Oro, a restaurant operated by the same vendor, but with a different staff and menu. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor)

Longtime University Center fixture Sí Señor has been replaced by a different restaurant, El Gallo de Oro, which hopes to cater to the Tex-Mex taste buds of many students.

Kim Abel, the director of Housing and Dining at Carnegie Mellon, said in an email, “There were significant requests for a Tex/Mex concept. The desire was to create a concept that would have high quality, fresh, and healthy food with providing customers the versatility of adding the exact ingredients and toppings to fit their taste [sic].”

Abel said that El Gallo de Oro will have a very different menu from Sí Señor, in response to what Housing and Dining sees as students’ desired changes. “We wanted a location that would truly focus on Mexican and Southwestern dishes and flavors,” Abel said in the email.

The menu may be different, but El Gallo de Oro is maintained by the same vendor as Sí Señor. According to Abel, Housing and Dining chose to stay with the vendor because of its “expertise and culinary background with authentic Mexican food.” The owners of El Gallo de Oro have, however, hired a new staff and implemented a new training program.

Although the student body at large has yet to try El Gallo de Oro’s food, student reaction to the announcement of the change has been mixed. Some students, like sophomore information systems major Carrie Weintraub, welcome the switch from Sí Señor.

“I think it’s great that the university was in tune with the sketchy reputation that Sí Señor had and is trying to better accommodate students’ wants. Time will tell if they did it successfully,” Weintraub said.

Other students are happy to see more healthy food at Carnegie Mellon. “I always encourage change. Although the name is a bit obscure, I feel like El Gallo de Oro will provide a new and healthier option to CMU’s campus,” sophomore electrical and computer engineering major Audrey Alpizar said.

Junior biomedical and chemical engineering double major Christine Sidoti, however, is more nostalgic about Sí Señor.

“I think a lot of people will miss Sí Señor’s late-night chicken finger runs,” Sidoti said. “We’ll have to see what the new place has to offer!”