By Maria Jose Fernandez
After being closed since March 2020, Bucky’s Cove is reopening its doors and welcoming students, faculty, and staff to dine with them again. Well known for being a place for students to enjoy a meal and drinks “Miami Style,” students are excited to be able to get food, delicious drinks, and entertainment all in one spot on campus.
Mike Alkurdi, general manager of dining services, is excited about the reopening.
“Understanding [the] Covid impact in our community got us to realize the importance of having space where students and staff can get together,” said Alkurdi. “[They can] enjoy high-quality fast food, grab a drink, play games, and even catch a sports game, including Barry athletics being streamed live. So, therefore, we are making Bucky's Cove a priority for this semester.”
Bucky’s is now the place for students to spend their afternoons and nights, where they can play pool, Connect Four, and darts.
The menu has also been amped up, with a variety of food, and adult beverages being offered at affordable prices, varying from $2.95 to $10.95. The food menu offers popcorn, pretzels, onion rings, fries, nachos and more.
Bucky’s offers a variety of draft beers, including Bud Light, Shock Top, Stella Artois, and Mayami Blonde and wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. For cocktail lovers, there are vodka pineapples, watermelon margaritas, and rum mint mojitos available.
William Lopez, the executive chef of Bucky's Cove, is excited to be back for many reasons, just one of which is the students who make the environment special.
“Seeing the reaction of the students and new faces on campus is the most exciting thing of being back,” said Lopez.
To the Barry community, he adds, “I’m looking forward to seeing your faces around.”
Lopez especially hopes that students will enjoy his specialty at Bucky’s--the crispy chicken sandwich. The sandwich, Chef Lopez revealed, is made from his very own recipe.
Students are also excited to get back to enjoying time with their friends at Bucky’s. Samuel Vilmeau, a junior majoring in sports and exercise science, is one of these students.
“It was really fun when I used to go there,” said Vilmeau. “Karaoke nights were always entertaining. It feels good that they are coming back.”
Autumn Davis, a sophomore theology major, agrees.
“[I am] looking forward to the new food menu and activities that Bucky’s Cove will offer this semester,” said Davis. “I remember I always had a good time there before the pandemic.”
It seems the good times have continued, as junior broadcast and emerging media major Blaine Montgomery experienced when she visited Bucky’s this semester.
“I like Bucky’s. It is my first time being back after the pandemic,” said Montgomery. “They have a lot of options, like wine and beer, so it gives students comfortability.”
While Montgomery had a good time with her friends playing pool, she does think Bucky’s could do better.
“They need to get more [food variety] again and have the music variety. [Then,] students will be here hanging out,” said Montgomery.
Alkurdi plans to increase customers by launching events like movie nights and a PlayStation tournament. Bucky’s is now open for some late-night fun too, as they stay open Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. until midnight.
Bucky’s hosted a Super Bowl party on Sunday, Feb. 13, for students to watch the game and have a good time with their friends.
Overall, Bucky’s is open for new and positive beginnings, with staff working hard to give the Barry community the best quality service and a great experience.