Prevail brews in RBD library

By Lily Jackson | Managing Editor of the Plainsman | 09/27/17 5:41pm  

Back by popular demand, Prevail Union has set up shop in Ralph Brown Draughon Library near the first-floor entrance. Its product was previous sold on wheels in the Caffeine Machine food truck. 

Wade Preston, owner of Prevail Union, said the company has had a fantastic relationship with Tiger Dining, leading them to a "fly-by night" decision to open a pop-up coffee counter in the library. 

Preston said they are looking into other, more permanent locations as the current location is temporary. Because of the schedule changes with Panera Bread's opening, the library was in need of a caffeine fix. Glenn Loughridge, director of Tiger Dining, contacted Preston and set up a speedy agreement for the fall. 

Loughridge said "fate brought [them] together." He said the Caffeine Machine worked well and they were happy to have him back on campus. Loughridge said the feedback from students on the product served by Prevail has always been positive. 

"It's been really good for us, and people are really excited to see us on campus," Preston said. "We caught a really good, quick following." 

Preston said the Prevail team can make most of the items from the off-campus shop, besides the cold brew, beer and wine. 

Preston and Loughridge said they are looking for a permanent space on campus for when Panera Bread takes over RBD. Loughridge said he loves having Auburn locals and students running companies on campus. 

Another addition is the ability to pay with a TigerCard. 

"I think he's got a great product, and if students want it, that's the most important part," Loughridge said. 

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