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UK might not have Papa John’s Stadium, but now it has its pizza

The Papa John’s Pizza in The 90 at the University of Kentucky will offer personal 8-inch pizzas for one, including the Tuscan six-cheese, and breadsticks, cookies and brownies for dine-in or takeout.
The Papa John’s Pizza in The 90 at the University of Kentucky will offer personal 8-inch pizzas for one, including the Tuscan six-cheese, and breadsticks, cookies and brownies for dine-in or takeout. Papajohns.com

Papa John’s Pizza is now open in The 90, the large residential dining hall at the University of Kentucky at Hilltop and Woodland avenues. Papa John’s took the place of Ovid’s, which moved from the W.T. Young Library two years ago to make way for a large Starbucks.

Ovid’s was closed because it didn’t get enough business, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said.

The Papa John’s opened Friday with the start of the fall 2017 semester and will be open 10 a.m. to midnight every day, with walk-in and dining service, selling personal pizzas, sides and desserts.

According to UK, The 90 serves about 1,000 students and family daily; all of UK’s food service, including the branded restaurants, are run through Aramark.

Students can use Flex dollars with their UK Dining meal plan at Papa John’s; earlier this year Papa John’s on Euclid/Avenue of Champions began accepting Flex dollars for delivery orders for its full menu.

The new Papa John’s on-campus menu includes several pizza choices, including Tuscan six-cheese, double-bacon six-cheese, garden special, and the Works. Breadsticks are available in three flavors and wings in five flavors, and desserts include an 8-inch chocolate chip cookie and the mega chocolate chip brownie.

Papa John’s also operates two restaurants inside the stadium at Kroger Field.

In 2015, Papa John’s Pizza founder and CEO, John Schnatter, and the Charles Koch Foundation donated a combined $12 million to the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics. Schnatter lives in Anchorage, east of Louisville.

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