The Central Cafeteria featured double serving lines to expedite meal service, as well as a conveyer belt to carry used trays and dishes to the kitchen. The building itself was an army surplus building bought after World War II and relocated to campus. Prior to Central Cafeteria, students took meals inside small dining rooms in their dormitories. Following the war, the dormitory dining halls became too crowded and could not serve all students. Central Cafeteria was located directly in front of Mayo Hall at the intersection of Monroe Street and Education Drive.