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Penn State Dining Announces New Offerings, Return To Full Capacity

As in-person dining options return this fall, Penn State will debut a number of new amenities for hungry students on campus.

Most notably, Penn State will renovate Market Pollock to feature an Asian concept menu complete with appetizers, entrees, and bakery desserts. Additionally, Pollock will debut a new smoothie and juice bar offering “all fresh ingredients with no additives.”

Just up the road, a new taco-themed food truck will set up near East Halls. It’ll offer tacos, rice bowls, nachos, and more when it’s open during the week and on Saturdays for home football games.

Additionally, Penn State will expand offerings at its EDGE coffee bars to include new and “convenient” breakfast sandwiches and grain bowls for lunch.

Waring Commons near West Halls has also been “transformed” with a lighter appearance featuring light-gray colors, new LED lights, refinished booths, and new flooring. Additionally, Redifer Commons was repainted, while Pollock Commons received flooring upgrades.

“If you’re a student who hasn’t been here for a while, you’ll notice a big change with the refreshes we’ve done,” said Jim Meinecke, associate director of residential dining. “We are excited to welcome people back into those spaces.”

Retail dining will be back in full force, too. All 11 offerings in the HUB, including Panda Express, Sbarro, and McAlister’s Deli, will open for the fall semester. Chick-fil-A’s long-awaited replacement, Slim Chickens, will open, too.

Although students will once again be welcome to sit and eat in the dining halls, you might want to take advantage of Penn State’s revamped reusable container initiative, “PSreUse.”

East Food District is the only area of residential dining operating at full force this summer. However, every district is expected to reopen at full capacity once summer draws to a close.

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