The University of Minnesota Duluth’s dining center will close for renovations this week, receiving an update for the first time since it opened in the early 1970s.

The dining center, which serves 2,300 students, will get a $5.2 million facelift paid for by the dining services fund. It will reopen in August. Until then, students will be fed inside a retrofitted Kirby Ballroom.

The center opened in 1974 to serve 900 students. It will retain its original footprint, but renovations will include changes that serve the needs of today’s students, such as an allergen/gluten-free area and a variety of seating. A dietitian will be housed in the center, and there will be a stronger partnership with UMD’s farm. The dining center will be renamed when it opens; the name will be determined through a contest.

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