Rota expanding food options
August 9, 2003
People in Rota, Spain, soon will be chowing down on Mexican food and throwing back micro-brewed beers and espressos.
Over the next several months, food options are expanding to include a Taco Bell, KFC, micro-brewery and gourmet coffee shop, officials announced Thursday at the naval station in Spain.
The Navy Exchange and Morale, Welfare and Recreation are making the changes following an assessment six months ago of Naval Station Rota, home to about 6,000 Americans, said Lt. Corey Barker, base spokesman.
“Not only will the food and beverage service be improved for the Rota community, we also expect the revenues generated through these enhanced food operations will help support the significant loss in appropriate funds [MWR is] going to experience over the next few years,” said Todd Benson, Rota MWR director.
The NEX Dive Inn closed and Pizza Villa Express will take its place by mid-September. In addition to pizza, the restaurant will feature healthy snacks and a specialty coffee and pastry service, the base’s first coffee shop.
“This is a new outlet for base personnel to enjoy American-style coffee,” Barker said.
An MWR kiosk also will serve espresso and healthy snacks in the naval hospital courtyard within six months.
On Oct. 4, the Cosmos food court is scheduled to open at the Reflections Catering and Conference Center. The food court, which has a drive-thru window and children’s play structure, will offer Mean Gene’s Burgers, Asian Creations Oriental food and Eddie Pepper’s Mexican food.
Once the food court opens, the rest of the Reflections food service will stop serving daily lunches and evening meals, except for a monthly Saturday dinner service and special events.
Champions also is changing: Its menu will expand to include Southern barbecue fare, and it will be home to a micro-brewery that can create more than 25 varieties of beer.
The Brew Pub will include a renovation of the bar area for patrons to view the beer-making process. MWR also can custom-label beer for command and private parties and special events.
Sometime in the fall, the Air Terminal Cafe will close. A temporary Subway service, the base’s second, will open while the facility is refurbished, said Roxanna Carrillo, NEX spokeswoman.
By the end of the year, the base plans to open a KFC, Taco Bell and a traditional breakfast franchise adjacent to the air terminal, so patrons won’t have to go through security.