After hearing a lot of confusion about the changes at Crossroads, I decided to sit down with Crossroads front of the house manager, Jack Hunsicker ’15, to straighten things out. We talked sushi, smoothies, and the (potential) return of the waffles.
MB: Tell me about the changes this year at Crossroads.
JH: The introduction of sushi is the obvious one. We’re working with Sushi with Gusto, which has been really popular. We’ve also expanded our smoothie menu and lowered smoothie prices. We’ve added seasonal specials as well- currently our pumpkin spice chai latte and salted caramel mocha. We have new flavors that we’ll feature later this month- look forward to eggnog, gingerbread, and cinnamon. Other new drinks include a switch to Ghirardelli’s hot chocolate flavors, the super delicious “Santa Cruz” drinks, and Runa Guayusa (a super healthy tea–think twice the antioxidants of green tea). We’re also serving a soup special that changes every week- so far we’ve offered miso, curry pumpkin soup and carrot ginger, and in the future look forward to french onion soup, potato leek, and vegetarian matzo ball soup. Each soup typically comes with noodles or a slice of local Klingers Bakery bread (although we’re trying to get baguettes from Bristol Bakery.)
MB: Speaking of Bristol Bakery, I hear you guys make an effort to stay local.
JH: We do! This year we have two local drinks on tap. We offer Rookies Root Beer (microbrewed in Burlington), which we offer plain or as a root beer float. We also sell Aqua Vitea Kombucha 16 oz reusable bottles and 64 oz Growlers. We currently only offer ginger kombucha, but others may make an appearance in the future! (And if you bring your bottle back, you get a discount on refills.) We’re also offering local cider, either cold or steamed with a cinnamon stick, from Happy Valley Orchard. Many of the other products we sell and use are local- our milk, cookies (Cookie Love), and coffee (Speeder and Earl’s) just to name a few more.
MB: Tell me about the waffles. What happened to them?
JH: Our waffle machine broke at the end of last year. As we look into getting a new one/fixing the old one, we’re offering crepes to hold people over - every Sunday from 5:30-10:30, for $2.50 (two toppings come free). Unfortunately we’ll never see $1 waffles again, but with the new price hike comes lots of new toppings – Nutella, fresh strawberries and bananas, and Ghirardelli chocolate sauces.
MB: What’s with the free popcorn?
JH: Every Sunday and Monday we’ve been showing football on the big screen, and we’ve been providing free popcorn.
MB: Last year it seemed like every time I tried to go to Crossroads it was closed. What are your hours like this year?
We have expanded since last year. Mondays through Thursdays we’re open from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm. On Fridays, we’re open from 11:30am to midnight. Sundays, we’re open from 5:30 to 10:30 (also crepe night!!). If you want to make a special order from our sushi chefs, they usually work from opening to seven at night.
MB: I hear things get pretty crazy on Trivia night.
JH: You mean half-priced smoothie night? Midway through last year, MCAB offered to help sponsor half-priced smoothie night, so two Thursdays a month we sell fruit smoothies for $1.87, and people go a little crazy between that and the trivia.
MB: Is the secret menu real?
We imagine the cookie milkshake looks something like this.
JH: Yes, but the only items I’m willing to reveal are the cookie milkshake and the caramel milkshake.
MB: Does Crossroads sell alcohol?
JH: Only on Friday nights - the Grille helps us run a “pub night” which often has live music, and beer and wine for $3.50.
MB: Last question- what’s Crossroads’ spirit animal?
JH: Definitely Kurt Alles ’14.5.
Let us know what you think Crossroads should be selling in the responses!