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Belmont Dining announces replacement of McAlister's Deli, other renovations

Belmont Dining announced a slew of updates on its Instagram Monday, including the closure of McAlister’s Deli.

The deli, which connects to Chick fil A, will be replaced by Mesa Komal Café. It’ll have a rotating menu and serve as “a space for minority-owned small businesses to thrive and gain experience,” the Instagram post said.

Mesa Komal comes from Conexión Américas, a non-profit aimed at providing opportunities for Latino families in Middle Tennessee.

In addition to Mesa Komal, Belmont Dining is rolling out its own food truck, renovating Corner Court and expanding options at the Harrington Place Dining Hall.

Corner Court – a popular spot for sandwiches on campus – is expanding to include “more space for retail snacking and a smoother checkout process.”

The post did not include information about any updates to dining hours.

The Chef Shack, Belmont’s new food truck, will serve as a space for the university’s chefs to cook up their own menus and set up shop around campus.

Over at Harrington Place, Belmont is adding:

  • Digitized menus at each station

  • Expanded vegan options

  • A Fresh Mongolian Grill twice a week

  • Made-to-order smoothies

The university is adding a Byte Smart Fridge in the Janet Ayers Academic Center that will sell pre-packaged meals. Bizi Vitamin Honey and The BE-Hive, two local businesses, will also be available on campus.

And while Belmont Dining hasn’t announced a completion date for the additions and renovations, there’s sure to be some good food hitting the grill come Welcome Week.

PHOTO: McAlister’s Deli – closed for much of last year – will shut its doors for good. Sarah Maninger/Belmont Vision

This article was written by Sarah Maninger

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