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Published on August 27th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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New Retail Quick- Serve Dining Opens at Morris College

“Multiple Dining Options Enhance College Experience”

Sumter, SC – Students at Morris College in Sumter, SC, will enjoy multiple dining options at the Hornet’s Nest, a new retail dining venue conveniently located in the student center!  A grand opening celebration took where students were offered free tastings!

A former pizza operation, The Hornet’s Nest serves an array of selections for dine in or take out including burgers, subs, pizza, chicken fingers, wings and sweet potato fries.   Beverages are coke products including soda, lemonade, tea and water.  There is seating for up to 100 where students can also watch their favorite programming on the flat screen tv’s or play a game of pool.  Students are also encouraged to get together at the center to study with friends while enjoying their favorite foods!

The Hornet’s Nest accepts cash or credit card and is open daily Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; weekends 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.  

Food is managed by Aladdin, who celebrates their one-year anniversary as the official dining partner of Morris College.  In addition to the Hornet’s Nest, renovations to the cafeteria’s front-of-the-house were made last year to provide new dining stations and to streamline the serving process.

Under the direction of Aladdin Food Service Director Cassandra Garner, “we started renovating in November of 2018, while students were still on campus.”  Ms. Garner, along with Executive Chef Brian Griffin and Mary Rivers, supervisor, were able to successfully feed students, faculty and staff during the construction process by creating temporary dining areas where students accessed fresh food from cold wells and chaffing dishes.

The renovations included the addition of Aladdin signature stations including Grill Works and Show Time exhibition cooking.  A deli, condiment, dessert, waffle and a new beverage station were also added to the delight of the students. 

Student favorites include “breakfast for dinner” – a trend experienced throughout college and university foodservice operations where breakfast comfort foods are desired and available all day. Chef Brian will prepare grits, eggs, bacon, sausage and brisket and gravy, along with fresh pastry and fruit for dinner.   

Fish Friday is also popular, especially with the college staff, who enjoy everything from baked and fried fish to shrimp and grits! 

“We want to keep students engaged and enjoy their college experience.   The new Hornet’s Nest and the recent renovations to our cafeteria achieves that,” says Andrea Butler, Morris College communications specialist.

About Morris College

Established in 1908 Morris College is a historically black, co-educational, liberal arts college, operated by the South Carolina Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention. Located in Sumter, S.C. Morris’ mission is to provide students with the intellect and personal development needed to enhance their lives while preparing students for the path in which they choose to pursue.


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