KU readies for $3 million dining hall renovation

Renovation will be complete for fall semester.

Nov. 29—KU Dining at the University of Kansas will begin more than $3 million in renovations to the dining food court and dining room. The construction on the Engel Road entrance will begin during winter break and may continue over spring break, with the rest of the changes slated to begin after Commencement in May and should be completed Aug. 23.

But Mrs. E’s’ look isn’t the only thing changing. KU Dining is updating the menu, or zones, to add variety and inclusiveness.

A U-shaped bar will be for specialty diets, such as gluten-free, kosher, vegan or vegetarian, and it will include Islamic foods for a halal diet. Another addition to the meat department is a barbecue smoker.

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