Eight Student Teams Ready to Launch Pop-Up Restaurants
Entrepreneurship students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business will put their skills to the test this week at Wolffest, an annual on-campus competition where teams launch pop-up restaurants and apply the startup skills they’ve honed in the classroom.
The event, hosted by Bauer College’s Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, kicks off on April 5 and ends April 7, and is open each day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Butler Plaza.
The student teams have been working all semester to prepare for Wolffest and will compete to earn the most revenue and provide the most satisfying customer experience. The event serves as the largest fundraiser hosted by the Wolff Center’s senior class, with all proceeds going toward the program.
“It will be a great opportunity for students to try some food that isn’t normally available on campus,” said WCE student Laura Mahaney, who is CEO for the Cougar Quarter team. “We’ve been working hard to bring students some really great food, and I think we’ve pulled that off.”
Teams will be serving a range of cuisine, including tamales, Greek gyros, halal plates and more, with some sponsored by restaurants such as Niko Niko’s and Southside Espresso.
Wolffest teams are in charge of every aspect of the competition, from managing staff to setting prices and collecting payments. WCE student Melissa Jinks, who is CEO for Team Red n’ Fed, hopes that attendees are as eager for the event as she and her classmates are.
“It’s a fun way to support the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship while getting outside in the sun and satisfying your appetite at the same time,” Jinks said.
By Priscilla Aceves
Meet the Wolffest Teams
Team Leader: Laura Mahaney
On the Menu: Crawfish, gumbo, meat pies, coffee from Southside Espresso and more
Team Leader: Sam Stilley
On the Menu: Halal Plates from The Halal Guys
The Hungry Cougar
Team Leader: Jessica Ramirez
On the Menu: Niko Niko’s lamb & falafel gyros, pilaf rice, truffles and a special Oreo treat
Team Leader: Dylan Senter
On the Menu: Dosas (Indian crepes), Velvet Tacos, fried Oreos, virgin margaritas and more
Red n’ Fed
Team Leader: Melissa Jinks
On the Menu: Authentic Mexican food from Texas Tamale Company
Team Leader: Dylan Paddison
On the Menu: Barbeque from Charlie’s BBQ, sweet tea and fried goods
Team Leader: Tanner Plante
On the Menu: Gyro King, Bombay Pizza, breakfast tacos and more
The Big Bad Wolff
Team Leader: Jordan Coleman
On the Menu: Torchy’s Tacos plates and chicken wings from Buffalo Wild Wings