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One of a number of cafeterias at Electronic City campus, Infosys Technologies Ltd., Bangalore, India. The clientele are employees of the company.

A cafeteria is a type of food service location in which there is little or no table service, whether a restaurant or within an institution such as a large office building or school; a school dining location is also referred to as a canteen or dining hall. Cafeterias are different from coffeehouses, although that is the Spanish origin of the American word. Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 649 KB)  ©  This image is copyrighted. ... Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 649 KB)  ©  This image is copyrighted. ... Electronics City is an industrial park spread over 330 acres (1. ... Infosys Technologies Limited (BSE: 500209, NASDAQ: INFY) is a multinational information technology services company headquartered in Bangalore, India. ... For other uses, see Bangalore (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... Students in Rome, Italy. ... Discussing the War in a Paris Café, Illustrated London News 17 September 1870 Coffee shop redirects here. ...


Instead of table service, there are food-serving counters/stalls, either in a line or allowing arbitrary walking paths. Customers take the food they require as they walk along, placing it on a tray. In addition, there are often stations where customers order food and wait while it is prepared, particularly for items such as hamburgers or tacos which must be served hot and can be quickly prepared. Alternatively, the patron is given a number and the item is brought to their table. Sometimes, for some food items and drinks, customers collect an empty container, pay at the check-out, and fill the container after the check-out. Free second servings are often allowed under this system. For legal purposes (and the consumption patterns of customers), this system is rarely or never used for alcoholic beverages. A tray is a shallow container designed for carrying things. ... This article is about the sandwich known as a hamburger. ... The Ars Technica Community Operating System (TACOS) is an imaginary operating system ostensibly created by the members of the popular computer enthusiast web site Ars Technica to represent computing Utopia. ... Alcoholic beverages An alcoholic beverage (also known as booze in slang term) is a drink containing ethanol, commonly known as alcohol, although in chemistry the definition of alcohol includes many other compounds. ...


Customers are either charged a flat rate for admission (as in a buffet), or pay at the check-out for each item. Some self-service cafeterias charge by the weight of items on a patron's plate. A Chinese buffet restaurant in the U.S. A buffet (buh-FAY or /bə.ˈfei/) is a meal-serving system where patrons serve themselves. ... The BancNet (BN) Point-Of-Sale System is a local PIN-based electronic funds transfer (EFTPOS) payments solution operated by BancNet on behalf of the member banks and China UnionPay (CUP). ...


As cafeterias require few employees, they are often found within a larger institution, catering to the clientele of that institution. For example, schools, colleges and their residence halls, department stores, hospitals, museums, and office buildings often have cafeterias. Students in Rome, Italy. ... College (Latin collegium) is a term most often used today to denote an educational institution. ... A halls of residence, British English (almost always halls and not hall) or a residence hall (North American English) is a type of residential accommodation for large numbers of students. ... The interior of a typical Macys department store. ... For the town in the Republic of Ireland, see Hospital, County Limerick. ... The Louvre Museum in Paris, one of the largest and most famous museums in the world. ...


At one time, upscale cafeteria-style restaurants dominated the culture of the Southern United States, and to a lesser extent the Midwest. There were several prominent chains of them: Bickford's, Morrison's Cafeteria, Apple House, K&W, Britling, and Blue Boar among them. There were also a number of smaller chains, usually in and around a single city. These institutions, with the exception of K&W, went into a decline in the 1960s with the rise of fast food and were largely finished off in the 1980s by the rise of "casual dining". A few chains — notably Luby's and Piccadilly Cafeterias (which took over the Morrison's chain), continue to fill some of the gap left by the decline of the older chains. Many of the smaller Midwestern chains, such as MCL Cafeterias centered around Indianapolis, are still very much in business. Historic Southern United States. ... This article is about the Midwestern region in the United States. ... Bickfords Restaurants and Cafeterias were mainstays in the New York City area from the 1920s through the 1960s. ... Morrisons Cafeteria was a chain of cafeteria-style restaurants located mostly in Georgia and Florida. ... K&W Cafeteria is a Southern USA chain of cafeteria-style restaurants. ... Britling Cafeterias was a chain of cafeteria restaurants, based in Birmingham, Alabama. ... Blue Boar Cafeterias is a chain of cafeteria restaurants based in Louisville, Kentucky. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... Fast food is food prepared and served quickly at a fast-food restaurant or shop at low cost. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... A casual dining restaurant is a restaurant that serves moderately-priced food in a casual atmosphere. ... Lubys is a cafeteria-style restaurant chain located in the southern United States in Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. ... Picadilly Cafeterias is a chain of cafeteria restaurants found primarily in the Southern United States. ... The Indianapolis skyline Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana. ...


The world's largest non-military cafeteria is in the Brody Complex at Michigan State University. Brody Complex is a group of six student housing buildings on the campus of Michigan State University, in East Lansing, Michigan. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ...

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History

The cafeteria as it is known in the United States originated in Los Angeles in the very late 19th century. It derives from earlier food service traditions brought to California from Mexico by immigrants. The name Cafeteria is in fact Spanish, and roughly means "coffee shop." In California the self-service style became more streamlined, with probable influence from the factory assembly lines coming into vogue at that time, and American-style foods were served, although in California cafeterias (restaurant and institutional iterations both) Mexican style dishes continued to be available alongside standard American fare. In the early 20th Century dozens of cafeterias stood in Los Angeles. Today, Clifton's Cafeteria is the only remaining cafeteria from that era. It opened in 1935 and is decorated to resemble a mountain wonderland in the manner of Yosemite National Park. Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Coffee Shop is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 1995 album, One Hot Minute. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Yosemite redirects here. ...


Other Countries

A school cafeteria in Australia is called a canteen and is not set up like in the US. Service is much more like a takeaway store with patrons approaching a counter and ordering food, and paying at the register. This is in contrast to the US where the payment is usually included in their workplace/school.


Australian university and hospital cafeterias are similar with the exception that payment is required per meal - charges may be per person (all you can eat), per serve, per plate or by weight. For the community in Florida, see University, Florida. ...


Other names

A cafeteria in a U.S. military installation is known as either a chow hall, a mess hall, or, more correctly, a dining facility, whereas in common British armed forces parlance, it is known as a cookhouse or mess. Some monasteries and boarding schools refer to their cafeteria as a refectory. Students in the USA often refer to cafeterias as lunchrooms, though breakfast as well as lunch is often eaten there. Cafeterias serving university dormitories are sometimes called dining halls or dining commons. A food court is a type of cafeteria found in many shopping malls and airports featuring multiple food vendors or concessions, although a food court could equally be styled as a type of restaurant as well, being more aligned with public, rather than institutionalised, dining. The United States Armed Forces are the military services of the United States. ... The armed forces of the United Kingdom, commonly known as the British Armed Forces or Her Majestys Armed Forces, and sometimes legally the Armed Forces of the Crown[1], encompasses a navy, army, and an air force. ... For other uses, see Mess (disambiguation). ... Monastery of St. ... A boarding school is a usually fee-charging school where some or all pupils not only study, but also live during term time, with their fellow students and possibly teachers. ... A refectory is a dining room, especially in monasteries, boarding schools and academic institutions. ... Food court at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. ... For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see pedestrian street or promenade. ... For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ...


College cafeteria

The main dining hall of City College of San Francisco
The main dining hall of City College of San Francisco

A college cafeteria is a term in the United States that denotes a cafeteria that is designed to serve college students at the university. Also see the different meanings of the word college around the Anglosphere. These cafeterias can be a part of a residence hall or in a separate building. Many of these colleges employ their own students to work in the cafeteria. The amount of meals served to students varies from school to school, but is normally around 20 meals per week. Like normal cafeterias, a person will have a tray to select the food that they want, but instead of paying money, they pay beforehand by purchasing a meal plan. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2304x1728, 559 KB) i took the image myself and allow wikipedia to use it as much as it wants in all projects. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2304x1728, 559 KB) i took the image myself and allow wikipedia to use it as much as it wants in all projects. ... College (Latin collegium) is a term most often used today to denote an educational institution. ... Definitions of the Anglosphere vary: Countries in which English is the first language of a large fraction of the population are shown in blue. ...


The method of payment for college cafeterias is commonly in the form of a meal plan, whereby the patron pays a certain amount at the start of the semester and the details of the plan are stored on a computer system. Student ID cards are then used to access the meal plan. A meal plan is not necessary to eat at a college cafeteria however. Meal plans can vary widely in their details to best fit the needs of the students. Typically, the college tracks the student's usage of their plan by counting either the number of pre-defined meal servings, points, dollars, or number of buffet dinners. The plan may give the student a certain number of any of the above per week or semester and they may or may not roll over to the next week or semester.


Many schools offer several different options for using their meal plans. The main cafeteria is usually where most of the meal plan is used but smaller cafeterias, cafés, restaurants, bars, or even fast food chains located on campus may accept meal plans. A college cafeteria system often has a virtual monopoly on the students due to an isolated location or a requirement that residence contracts include a full meal plan. It is not uncommon for the entire food service operation to be outsourced to a managed services company such as Aramark, Sodexho and Compass Group (under the Scolarest name in the United Kingdom). Aramark Corporation (NYSE: RMK) is a professional services organization, providing food services, facilities management, hospitality services, and uniforms and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, businesses, prisons, senior living facilities, parks and resorts, correctional institutions, conference centers, convention centers, and public safety professionals... Sodexho Alliance, or simply Sodexho, (Euronext: SW) is a French multinational corporation and one of the largest food services and facilities management companies in the world. ... The British company Compass Group LSE: CPG is one of the largest food service businesses in the world. ...


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cafeteria: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (1439 words)
A cafeteria is a type of food service location in which there is no table service, whether a restaurant or within an institution such as a large office building or school; a school dining location is also referred to as a canteen or dining hall.
A cafeteria in a U.S. military installation is known as either a chow hall, a mess hall, or, more correctly, a dining facility, whereas in common British armed forces parlance, it is known as a cookhouse or mess.
A college cafeteria is a term in USA usage to denote a cafeteria that is designed to serve college students at the university.
Cafeteria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1015 words)
Cafeterias are different from coffeehouses, although that is the Spanish origin of the American word.
The cafeteria as it is known in the United States originated in Los Angeles in the very late 19th century.
College cafeterias are sometimes prone to having poor food due to the lack of competition.
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