U. of Montana readies Galloping Griz food truck

Dining services plans to debut truck after spring break.

March 7—The newest University of Montana, Missoula, “dining room” has arrived. The maroon, silver and white “Galloping Griz” food truck is now staged outside Washington-Grizzly Stadium and will begin serving food at Missoula College’s West Campus and on UM’s main campus in early April.

“The truck will have double duty, serving Missoula College during the day, then at night it will provide late-night service on the west side of campus,” said Mike Spencer, assistant director of residential dining.

The Galloping Griz cost $169,000 and travels easily between locations, Spencer said. It will debut on April 8, the day students return from spring break. It will serve breakfast and lunch food, including “traditional fare” like hamburgers and chicken strips, as well as daily hot meals.

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