The Hungry Hungry Husky, which re-​​opened today, sports a new, inter­na­tion­ally inspired look. Photo by Mary Knox Mer­rill.

There is designer food; then there is the designer food truck.

Northeastern’s ver­sion of the latter, which first arrived on campus this fall, will re-​​open today sporting a new inter­na­tion­ally inspired exte­rior and a revamped menu shaped by input from stu­dent diners.

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Dining Ser­vices will host a re-​​launch cel­e­bra­tion between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Snell Quad. The first 100 cus­tomers will receive a free shirt with their order. Eight cus­tomers will receive $50 in Truck Bucks (equiv­a­lent to five com­pli­men­tary meal passes), and “bounce-​​back” coupons — which give diners $1 back for each pur­chase of $4, and $2 back with each pur­chase of $6 — will be given away all day Wednesday. And all diners get a free package of mini mac­a­roons with their order today.

In short, more than enough incen­tive to get stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff to ven­ture out on a raw Feb­ruary day to check out the design touches, starting with the color of the truck: North­eastern Red, nat­u­rally. The truck’s name, Hungry Hungry Husky—based on the children’s game “Hungry Hungry Hippo”—also adorns both sides of the vehicle, along with the offi­cial “H3” logo in a shade of aqua blue.

But the fea­tured design ele­ment is a bow to Northeastern’s stature as a global uni­ver­sity: the word “Hungry” written out in 15 lan­guages, including Eng­lish, Spanish, French, Japanese, Russian, Italian, Thai, Chi­nese, Finnish, Arabic, German, Hindi, Swahili, Hebrew, and Por­tuguese. 

The food truck offers lunchtime options to cus­tomers in Snell Quad who want to forego the hustle and bustle of Rebecca’s Café and the dining options in the Curry Stu­dent Center. On Thursday, Friday and Sat­urday nights, “H3” serves up quick and tasty, late-​​night treats in Cen­ten­nial Common. 

The new menu includes items specif­i­cally requested by stu­dents, such as an all-​​new buf­falo chicken sand­wich and a mac­a­roni and cheese sand­wich, a pop­ular item that was pre­vi­ously avail­able only on Fri­days. Other lunchtime items include adobe and Thai-​​inspired tacos; chicken, beef and shrimp fla­vored rice bowls; hot dogs; falafel; and four French fry options. The late-​​night menu includes chicken ten­ders, chicken wings, a break­fast wrap with eggs, bacon, pep­pers and onions, and both beef and veggie burgers.

The truck’s name was the result of a naming con­test launched in Sep­tember. The win­ning name came in from seven sep­a­rate entries from stu­dents Amanda Atherton, Erin William Gilligan, Hailey Koop, Ronald Patrick Lan­dayan, Miki Onwud­injo, Kath­leen Cancio and For­rest Per­alta.

H3 accepts cash, credit and Husky dol­lars during day­time hours; during late-​​night hours, only elec­tronic forms of pay­ment are accepted. Follow NUDining on Face­book and Twitter for reg­ular updates about the truck’s loca­tion and menu options.