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The Demise of Hammies

It’s spring 2022. Hammie’s breakfast is thriving and the lunchtime rush has the Powerhouse packed. Laughter and joy echo throughout the building. Life is good. 

Flash forward to present day and the once lively dining area adjacent to Hammie’s is now a ghost town. Empty tables and chairs fill the area along with the deafening silence. First year students have no idea how legendary the vibes were at Hammie’s.

There are two main reasons why Hammie’s has regressed this fall. One is the college’s decision to make lunch flex only. Last year, students could use meal swipes to get food from Hammie’s. This year, a Hammie’s burger with a side of waffle fries and a bottle of water costs $11.23 as opposed to last year where the burger and fries were considered a swipe. For students on the 19 meal plan service, they only start with $180 in flex which means they could only get this combo 16 times the whole semester.

The other reason why Hammie’s has fallen off is because the school has eliminated Hammie’s breakfast. Last year, they made customizable breakfast sandwiches everyday. They had different buns, meats, and toppings that made for a perfect start to the day.

“There were many days where Hammie’s breakfast was the reason I got up in the morning,” sophomore Miles Souza said. “I have definitely missed it very much this fall. I think we took it for granted.”

Beloit’s original plan for Hammie’s was to have it be all flex based, but the pandemic changed things. The administration and Bon Appetite thought it was best to spread out the students by providing multiple dining areas. While it does make sense to return to the original plan for Hammie’s, having multiple options for swipes helps a lot in cutting down lines for food and giving students a wider variety of options for food.

Even though Hammies is gone, it might not be gone for good. When asked about a possible return of Hammies swipes and breakfast, Dean of Students Cecil Youngblood said, “This is definitely being discussed. We are looking at other alternatives as well that would mitigate and/ or address some of the concerns in a way that would be beneficial and not be costly.”

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