Visitors to Xavier University’s Gallagher Student Center have a new option for lunch. Andy Hajjar, owner of Andy’s Mediterranean Grille in Walnut Hills, has taken over Ryan's Pub and Fresh Fusions Café, formerly operated by Chartwell’s for Xavier Dining. Hajjar will offer some of his signature dishes at the Andy’s Mediterranean (formerly Fresh Fusions) and Andy’s Mediterranean at Ryan’s (formerly Ryan’s Pub) locations.
"We are very excited to have Andy’s become part of the Xavier family," said Tom Barlow, XU's director of auxiliary services. "As a commitment to Xavier's mission to support our local community, we seek local, family-run businesses," Barlow said.
Andy's Mediterranean Grille opened as a shop 10 years ago by Hajjar, an immigrant from Zahle, Lebanon who missed the foods he knew from home. It grew into a popular area restaurant. Other family-owned local businesses at Xavier include Blue Gibbon Chinese restaurant and Coffee Emporium. Currito Burrito will open in August with Xavier’s new residence and dining complex.
Both Andy’s locations at Xavier will look much the same as patrons have come to know them and many of the same menu items can still be found. Burgers, wraps, soups and made-to-order salads will be on the menu along with the fresh ingredients in the Andy's menu. Ryan’s Pub was built and named in honor of Steve Ryan, college friend of Xavier patron Charles Gallagher, after whom the student center is named. Andy’s will honor that.
"This is the perfect wedding between the international feel of Andy’s and the Xavier family,” says Hajjar. “It’s a dream come true, coming to America and finding success and now joining with such a highly-rated university."
Gather with friends to find old favorites and enjoy something new. Maybe add a side of hummus or labneh to your burger. Andy will be on site much of the time to welcome customers with his legendary hospitality. Andy’s Mediterranean summer hours are M-F from 11 am until 2 pm. Hours will increase once students return to campus. Andy’s Mediterranean at Ryan’s will open later in the summer. Visit www.xavier.edu/andys or call 513-745-2022 for updates. Catering for events and parties is also available.