Maryland expands self-serve options, hours at grab-and-go location

New self-serve items include Belgian waffles and milkshakes.

Feb. 24—In coming weeks, Dining Services at the University of Maryland, in College Park, will be expanding its Commons Shop's menu of self-serve foods—which replaced the shop's deli case this semester—to include Belgian waffles and milkshakes.

Because business behind the case was slowing down in recent years, Dining Services Senior Associate Director Joe Mullineaux told the student newspaper, the Diamondback, the Commons Shop made the switch to offer make-your-own panini sandwiches and grab-and-go hot dogs, pizza, wings and potato wedges. As early as Friday, students will be able to make waffles as well, he said, and milkshakes will be available as soon as the necessary equipment arrives.

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