District decision may cause cafeteria closure

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is accepting proposals for a district-wide food vendor that will satisfy the need for food on campuses and replace the businesses that already fill that void in others.   

The Pierce College Food Court had been vacant several semesters before it signed a lease with Falafelicious Catering owner Ofir Bass in September 2016. The Falafelicious food truck began operations at Pierce in 2014, and according to Bass, they fought for years to take over the unoccupied cafeteria.

“I think it’s unfortunate, because the cafeteria was closed for so long,” Bass said. “They were trying to find an imaginary district-wide vendor to take over the entire district, and it didn’t happen for years. Pierce College then took initiative and signed the lease with me.”

The Pierce College Food Court offers Mediterranean, Italian, Mexican, vegan and kosher options. According to Bass, they are very receptive to students’ food requests.

“We don’t feel that a big cooperation will be able to respond to such a request as fast and efficient as a small business would,” Bass said. “We don’t want to run the whole district, we just want to stay at Pierce and continue to do what we’ve been doing.”

This story is ongoing and will be updated.