Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

By 1947, the Hive, open from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., was serving more than 1,000 customers a day. The Hive closed down briefly in 1957 for remodeling, but when reopened, remained as popular as ever. At the sound of the noon bell, every available table was filled with happy students. Long lines formed for malts, Cokes, coffee, and sandwiches. “Meet me at the Hive” remained a common phrase heard on campus. Added in 1947, the ever-present jukebox accompanied all-day card games, bull sessions, and general good times. In December 1958, the Hive was closed down and temporarily replaced by portable lunch wagons, and in 1959, completely replaced by a new cafeteria and glass and chrome snack center. The modern food center was large enough to accommodate 300 diners and smaller groups within specially curtained off areas. A new staff dining room was added at the same time. Many of the women who originally worked in the old Hive returned to work in the new cafeteria, but for many students, it was never the same. The menu for opening day was Chuck Wagon and Chimosette. Initially, students felt the food and service did not meet expectations, and others were upset that the prices were too steep for the average JC student, especially when the high school was serving lunches at a lower price.
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