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Revamped Der Rathskeller opens in Memorial Union

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Memorial Union's classic Der Rathskeller restaurant reopened Monday with a new menu and format.

New menu items include German specialties, fresh salads and family-style appetizers.

Dining Services director Carl Korz said the restaurant will use more fresh ingredients than before the transition.

The Rathskeller is moving away from fast food and toward a "fast-casual" concept.

"Everything is prepared hot and fresh for you. Instead of the frozen burgers we used to have, we now have a one-third-pound hand-patted fresh burger," Korz said.

Decreased sales and changes in customer preferences led to the changes, according to Korz.

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