Otter Express returns with anticipation of a bar after phase 2 renovations

Story and photos by Max Guererra

With the excitement of new on-campus dining options, the Otter Express (OE) was packed with students in its first week back and an official reopening is in the works.

Last week the OE introduced Wild Pie pizza and Create, which serves salad, sandwiches, and soup. The OE also offers snacks, fresh fruit, mochi and coffee. 

Following phase two renovations, which occurred throughout the school year until this point, the new seating area introduces a bar as an addition to CSUMB dining and campus culture.

Residential Dining Director Alexandra Perez says students can enjoy enhanced menus thanks to upgraded kitchen equipment.

 Another addition anticipated in the OE is a Valid Fill drink machine with refillable cups available for purchase. “We’re pretty excited to have this innovation in the building. It’s a sustainable option for students and guests to use for the rest of the semester,” said Perez. 

She also announced that the Boost App would soon have the convenient option to order ahead at both Create and Wild Pie. 

The bar hasn’t yet opened officially but will soon be open on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. due to CSU and state guidelines. Perez stated, “right now, we’re securing beer and wine offerings, but once we see what’s popular, we’ll start to incorporate specials.”
Perez gave a shout-out to @Otterkitchens on Instagram and encouraged students to check out the dining committee at

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