Ellensburg welcomes first Panda Express

Ellensburg welcomes first Panda Express

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Ellensburg’s first Panda Express opened at Central Washington University on Monday.

The popular Chinese fast food restaurant is located inside CWU’s brand new, 6,000-square-foot dining hall on campus.

In a November 2018 news release, CWU Dining Services announced that it signed a contract with Panda Express to open a campus location. The restaurant is open to the public — not just students.

The new dining hall is located next to Dugmore Hall near the corner of North Wildcat Way and East Dean Nicholson Boulevard.

A survey conducted in fall 2017 asked students what national food chain they’d like to see on campus that wasn’t currently offered in the community. WIth over 500 responses, Panda Express ranked the number one option, followed closely by Chick-Fil-A and Panera.