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USC First College Campus to Get a Burritobox

For three bucks, students get their choice of six varieties. UCLA students have to hoof it over to Century City if they want to give it a go.

USC First College Campus to Get a Burritobox

UCLA may be in the Sweet 16, but USC is No. 1 in a whole other arena: fast food from vending machines. That's because Burritobox has chosen that other Los Angeles campus to be the first in the nation to offer burritos from a bright orange box.

The Burritobox kiosk opened at the University of Southern California today.

"We thought it was an amazing opportunity to bring fresh product to the campus for the students that have late night munchies," said Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality.

The orange, touch-screen machine offers a choice of five $3 burritos, which are hormone- and antibiotic-free, in the lobby of the Parkside Apartments on McClintock Avenue.

"They can just come down the stairs from their dorm room and come and eat, so it's great," Klinger said.

Burritobox first approached USC to bring the vending machine to the campus, Klinger said.

"We like to be first in a lot of different things and this is another opportunity to do that," Klinger said. "But again, it fits perfectly with what our students are looking for. And the food is great, so it works well."

There are two other locations in Century City and West Hollywood. The first Los Angeles Burritobox was installed in January at a West Hollywood Mobil station.

Blake Mullins, vice president of operations for Box Brands, Inc., which owns Burritobox, said his company had USC in mind for quite some time.

"When you're out late at night, when you've been drinking or if you have been hanging out with friends, you don't want to go very far," Mullins said. "Burritobox is a convenient safe location that is right downstairs."

The flavors are roasted potato with egg and cheese, bacon with cheese, chorizo sausage with egg and cheese, shredded beef and cheese and free-range chicken with beans and rice.

A second Burritobox could be opened on campus if it proves to be popular among students, according to the Daily Trojan.

Burritos will be offered to students for free for the first 24 hours, starting at midnight.

UCLA students, however, don't fret. A Burritobox is literally around the corner at  10389 Santa Monica Blvd in Century City. 

--City News Service

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