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Take a behind-the-scenes tour of UMass Dining’s flashy new food hall

Worcester Commons replaces the old Worcester Dining Commons with continuous all-you-care-to-eat sushi, pho, stir-fry, pizza, pasta, salads, Halal, grab and go and more.

UMass Dining’s latest grand opening began its process in 2018, two years before the pandemic hit and changed dining forever. The UMass Dining team, led by Ken Toong, powered through the closures, social distancing and general unease of the pandemic, determined to preserve the food culture they’ve worked so hard to build.

This new facility opened last semester and is part of a major infrastructure project in the center of campus, which also includes a new student union and upgrades to landscape and sidewalks. “We are, of course, implementing COVID-related restrictions for the spring, but people will immediately benefit and in the long term these investments will have an even greater positive impact,” Shane Conklin, associate vice chancellor for facilities and campus services said in a press release.

The new Worcester Commons has quickly become one of the most popular dining spots on campus. Come, take a virtual look around.

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