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West Plaza Alcove Grand Opening

Three restaurants at the West Plaza Alcove. Photo by Kate O'Neal.

To welcome SF State’s three newest restaurants the Cesar Chavez Student Center will be hosting the grand opening of the West Plaza Alcove this Thursday, March 13 featuring live music, a DJ, raffles, prizes, games and great food.

Just outside the Cesar Chavez Student Center, the West Plaza Alcove will hosting its grand opening Thursday March 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The student center will be raffling off prizes and giving out free food to welcome Quickly’s, Há Tíen Cove and Shah’s Halal Food the three newest restaurants at SF State.

The new metal band Nervous Factor will performing and rapper M-Denas will also be mixing it up. Shah’s will even be hosting a water pong contest. For $4 you can compete to win free gyros for a month, a Nook tablet and other great prizes.


Há Tíen Cove

Cheap and tasty Vietnamese sandwiches and hot pho have arrived at SF State along with Há Tíen Cove.

SF State alumna Katherine Fong and her husband Jerry Chang opened this Vietnamese cuisine spot at the beginning of this semester. If their menu looks familiar it might be because this new restaurant is an expansion of their Ocean Avenue location that students have been visiting for years.

“It’s easier for students to get food on campus,” said Katherine, who noticed the empty store front when she was a student here in 2012. “We’ve been able to accommodate student’s special menu requests, and we’re hoping to keep adding things that students like.”

Katherine recommended the curry chicken pho and BBQ Pork sandwiches, with a special shout out to their 3 bean dessert.


Shah’s Halal Food

Fresh, made to order, Halal food is now being served up daily at Shah’s Halal Food. Their new West Plaza Alcove location is the first brick and mortar restaurant for owner David Mashriqi, but he is no stranger to the student demographic.

Before expanding to SF State, Shah’s was serving out of two locations at UC Davis and David is hoping they’ll expand to more northern California colleges soon.

All Shah’s food is cooked fresh and nothing sits for more than three minutes.

Every meal at Shah’s is bound to be a tasty treat and all meal prices include drinks. David recommended students try the Chicken Gyro first, which comes either spicy or mild.



Quickly, an Asian fusion restaurant serving juice, smoothies, coffee and tea is the third restaurant making up the trio of West Plaza eateries. This SF State location marks the company’s latest expansion into the San Francisco foodie scene and follows on the heels of several successful Bay Area locations.

With their huge menu of food items students might be at a loss of what to try first, but Manager Victor Wu encourages new customer’s to try Quickly’s Milk Tea with tapioca.

“We like being on a college campus; working with and serving students to provide them a good dining experience on campus.”