Select campus restaurants switching to mobile order only


WKU Restaurant Group

Multiple WKU restaurants will switch to purely mobile orders in February.

Jake Jones, News reporter

The WKU Restaurant Group announced Wednesday that select restaurants on campus will temporarily be switching to online ordering only via the Dining Sidekick app. According to the WKU Restaurant Group, this shift will be in place for at least the duration of the spring semester.

Restaurants that will be switching to solely mobile ordering include RedZone, The Den, Java City and The Spread. These changes will be put into place on Feb. 14th for The Den and Feb. 21st for the others.

According to the WKU Restaurant Group, this decision was made to “improve the guest experience” as well as to increase the speed of service and reduce line wait times.

Mobile ordering has been implemented in many restaurants across campus but its use up to these changes has been optional. According to the WKU Restaurant Group, there are already 6,415 Sidekick users on campus, a number that is expected to increase following the mobile order switch.

Once students have downloaded Dining Sidekick, they will select Western Kentucky University and set up an account. Students will scan a QR code to pick up their orders and payment will be handled through the app.


Students can pay for their meals on Dining Sidekick with a credit card as well as Big Red Dollars, Dining Dollars, Flex, Meal Plan Dollars or Meal Swipe. As of now, only Red Zone, The Den, Java City and The Spread will implement the online order changes.

For more information about on-campus dining, visit the WKU Restaurant Group’s website.

News reporter Jake Jones can be reached at [email protected]