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Don't get cornered by a meal plan

First years have the Castle and Plus Dollars. Cash free orders of Big Bird sandwiches and Pav dining. Just swipe the card and declare "Plus!"

But when upperclassmen move off Grounds and start eating out, the cash seems to evaporate. Back in 1992 the Corner Meal Plan emerged, touting a debit based meal plan alternative and proudly calling itself "THE Upper-class Meal Plan of Choice."

After the Corner Meal Plan's eight year domination along University Avenue, there's a new meal plan in town: The Core Account.


Corner Meal Plan

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Anderson's Carriage Food House
Biltmore Grill
Blimpie Subs and Salads
Boston Market
Buddhist Biker Bar and Grill
Cafe Europa
Casella's Italian Restaurant
Chesapeake Bagel Bakery
Coupe De Ville's
Domino's Pizza
Dragon Lady Restaurant
Golden Corral
Hillel Jewish Center
Italian Villa
Jerry's Subs and Pizza
Liquid Vegetarian Cafe
Lord Hardwicke's
Martha's Cafe
O'Neill's Irish Pub
Panda Garden
Papa John's Pizza
Pizza Hut
Ragazzi's Italian Restaurant
Smoothie King
Southern Culture
Sweet Choices Market
Sylvia's Pizza
Szechuan Restaurant
Taco Bell
Taiwan Garden
The Tea Room Cafe
The Virginian
TRAX/11th Street Deli
Vinny's New York Pizza and Pasta
White Spot
Yuan Ho

Core Account

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Arch's Frozen Yogurt
Baja Bean Co.
Biltmore Grill
Cafe Europa
College Inn
Northern Exposure
O'Neill's Irish Pub
St. Maarten Cafe
The Virginian

"I heard last year that the Core Account was replacing the Corner Meal Plan, so I didn't buy" the Corner Meal Plan, second-year College student Maria Cardamone said. "But now that I know it's still around, I'm thinking about getting it."

Corner Meal Plan Manager Rich Walter said he doesn't see the Core Account as a threat and his company simply has continued to provide the "good service" they are known for.

"We've been signing hundreds of customers since school started up," Walter said. "Students realize it's established."

Nicknamed "Your Alternative Meal Plan," the new Core Account initiates competition for business on the Corner, but students may be unsure about which plan is right for them.

"I was disappointed to find that some of my favorite restaurants were not on the Corner Meal Plan anymore," said fourth-year Education student Christine Bohannon, a current Corner Meal Plan member. "It came as a surprise. I'm going to be here another year, and if the Core Account has the restaurants that the CMP lost, I will definitely consider switching."

Subway and other restaurants, such as College Inn, Arch's, St. Maarten's Cafe, Baja Bean Co., and Northern Exposure have made the switch from the Corner Meal Plan to the Core Account.

"We haven't really done anything to combat it," Corner Meal Plan's Walter said. "We're just trying to serve the same student body we always have, year after year."

Some restaurants are remaining on the Corner Meal Plan and also joining up with the Core Account. The Greenskeeper, Jerry's Subs and Pizza, Liquid, Caf