Texas College Opens All-Vegan Cafeteria But another hall will serve fried chicken and BBQ By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Aug 19, 2011 6:02 PM CDT 54 comments Comments Veggie stew: No meat or dairy here. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe) (Newser) – A sign of the times, and possibly the makings of an epic food fight: The University of North Texas is opening a cafeteria devoted exclusively to vegan fare—and it appears to be the first such college dining hall in the nation, reports Inside Higher Ed. This being Texas, the school also is opening a separate hall that will specialize in fried chicken and barbecue. Still, the vegan decision is winning praise from the likes of PETA and marks a general trend of college students requesting meatless options, notes the journal. Many campuses offer vegan or vegetarian options within a larger cafeteria, but North Texas "wanted to step outside the box a little bit and take it to that next level," says a school official. A certain former president would no doubt approve.