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Mensa transformation

MAASTRICHT. The mensa, the university restaurant, on Universiteitssingel 40 is to undergo a metamorphosis this summer. Caterer Albron intends to introduce a new concept, called ‘Kitchen’. The traditional restaurant with all kinds of products, varying from a salmon roll and a plate of noodles to a Snickers bar or a can of Fristi, is to disappear. “The Kitchen will no longer sell everything, but will concentrate on good-quality hot meals, soups, snacks, and salads,” says Chris Snellen, head of services at General & Technical Services. “In addition, food will be healthier and more organic.”
The restaurant itself will also receive a makeover and become more small-scale. “Rush hour is around lunchtime, while for the rest of the day it is very quiet. At a later stage, we will see if we can make the seating area better and more flexible. We are thinking of flexible work spaces, meeting spaces and learning spaces.”
The restaurant in the School of Business and Economics will be tackled a year later.
Albron launched a mini supermarket in September 2012 for smaller items, such as apples, muffins, cans of Red Bull, rolls, and even batteries: FFWD, modelled on the ‘Appie-to-go’ concept. In the building on the Universiteitssingel 30, where the Study Store bookshop was housed until recently, there will be the first Bakery Café (coffee, roll, and cakes). The catering permit has not been issued yet, but Snellen expects that there will be a cafe with outside seating within a few months.

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