Peeled Juice Bar’s location in the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion closed this July after three years of service. The University is searching for a replacement but has no set timeline for the arrival of a new vendor.
Paul Kennedy, an Athletics spokesperson, told The Daily in an email that Peeled closed after the company was “unable to meet its obligations to the University.” Kennedy added that Northwestern is working with dining partners Compass Group and Levy Restaurants to “secure a new vendor for the vacated space.”
Crown Sports Pavilion’s 2013 expansion plan included a juice bar, and a space with sinks and refrigeration cases was built in anticipation of the outlet. The area remained vacant until April 2016, when Peeled officially opened.
In addition to its Crown Sports Pavilion location, the company had locations in Evanston and Lincoln Park. Both outlets are now closed.
Peeled, which was created in 2009, sold cold-pressed citrus juice, shakes, smoothies and acai bowls made from small batches of seasonal fruit, according to the company’s website. Peeled emphasizes sustainability with its “vegan-friendly” menu and corn-based, compostable cups and utensils.
Alex Brosseit, who works in the Crown Sports Pavilion’s membership office, said he bought protein shakes and acai bowls from the vendor around once a week. When he learned the juice bar closed, he said he “didn’t really care.”
“Stuff like that comes and goes,” he said. “It was kind of pricey, so I didn’t really enjoy it. The benefit versus the cost wasn’t worth it.”
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