By COLEMAN DYE
The continuing expansion of KSU has helped to increase the city’s population to more than 30,000 residents. This new growth has provided local restaurants with a growing number of customers and potential profits.
KSU: The once-small campus that was known as Kennesaw College. The state established the school in 1953, and it was home to no more than a few hundred students. The campus has evolved recently, and now more than 23,000 students call the university home. This increase has left the city with many potential hungry customers.
“My girlfriend and I go out to eat often near the school, even though we actually live off of campus,” said Evan Jones, a KSU student. “Neither one of us can cook very well.”
The food industry around the university’s campus has been expanding as the school has grown. Kennesaw now offers hundreds of food choices that would rival the amount of options in major cities.
It is not unheard of for many area restaurants to report wait times at more than an hour. Kennesaw’s Outback Steakhouse has posted a 21 percent increase in its amount of transactions since 2003.
“Being located so close to the university is a great thing because it brings the restaurant a large, ever-changing clientele,” said Jason Graham, a Kennesaw Outback Steakhouse employee.
It is easy to see the positive impact KSU is having on the local economy. As the university continues to grow, the economy in the surrounding areas will continue to grow as well.
The Town Center Mall reported a 16 percent increase in the number of guests for an average day in the last 10 years.