It's almost time for the University of South Carolina's McCutchen House to offer lunches again. The student-run restaurant has been operating under restrictions after it was closed to the public during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID.

The restaurant also serves as a hands-on classroom where hospitality management students gain valuable experience in every aspect of running a full-service restaurant. Led by faculty and staff from the university's College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, the students rotate through everything from management roles to cooking and serving.

The goal, according to school officials, is to prepare the students to be the future leaders of the restaurant world, providing hands-on experience in every area.

McCutchen offers lunches available to the public for $11.95 plus tax from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The meal includes an appetizer, soup or salad, entree, beverage and dessert. Menu options rotate throughout the school year.

The menu for Sept. 2 through Oct. 1 will feature items including tomato pie, spinach and bacon quiche, McCutcheon House po' boy,  black and blue steak salad, and chocolate walnut pie.

Reservations are recommended, but not required. Face coverings are required when entering and exiting. Additional information can be found on the university's website.

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