Today in NC State History: New specials at Harris Cafeteria

February 22, 2013
By Bill Krueger

blog_series6Harris Cafeteria was struggling to get students in the door for lunch or dinner. The campus cafeteria was serving about half of its capacity to provide 1,200 meals for lunch and dinner.

So they came up with a plan to offer some cheaper alternatives, and the new lunch and dinner specials were announced on this day in 1971. The lunch special was “a selected entree,” two vegetables and “the choice of any beverage including milk,” according to a story in the Technician. The cost for all that food? Only 89 cents.

The dinner special was pretty much the same, except it cost 99 cents. The Technician listed some of the possible dinner entrees: chili macaroni, escalloped ham and cabbage, meat loaf, apple pancakes with sausage, and hamburger pie.

“This is an effort to try to get more student patronage,” said cafeteria manager Joe Grogan. “Of necessity, the entrees will have to be limited to less expensive dishes and can’t include anything expensive.”

But escalloped ham and cabbage?

There were other changes, with the elimination of something known as the Chicken Shack and the addition of sandwiches. The cafeteria would also continue to have weekly specials such as “a steamboat round roast beef.”


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