food court


Definition of food court

: an area within a building (such as a shopping mall) set apart for food concessions

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The resurgent food court offers an abundance of handheld concoctions, from sake-poached octopus tostadas to fancy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Reif Larsen, The Seattle Times, "LA Reverential: A City’s Chill Spots," 1 Aug. 2018 The celebration in Lincolnshire formally began with the Lincolnshire Community Nursery School Kids Concert, as well as face-painting opportunities, a 5K race, the opening of the festival’s food court and beer tent and many other attractions. Todd Shields,, "Fireworks shows, parade highlight Fourth of July festivities in Lincolnshire and Buffalo Grove," 6 July 2018 Some Bon-Ton employees were patrons of the Grand Avenue mall food court and other businesses on the west end of downtown Milwaukee. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Beyond shopping and jobs, loss of Bon-Ton hits charities, civic events, related businesses," 27 Apr. 2018 The online protesters said they are concerned that the arrival of a Starbucks — slated to be part of a food court attached to Yosemite Lodge — will open the door to more big name restaurants and retailers. James Rainey, NBC News, "A Starbucks in Yosemite? A new spin on a national park tradition," 24 Jan. 2018 The Washington Post reports that in Swedish, Fika roughly translates to a coffee break with socializing, so this area of the food court will be reserved for guests looking for a traditional coffee house experience. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "IKEA Is Making Over The Food Courts In All Of Its American Stores," 11 Feb. 2016 Niagara Falls Police tweeted a photo of Lu getting arrested in a food court. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Brooklyn man who allegedly chopped off wife's arm is caught in food court near Niagara Falls," 24 June 2018 However, unlike traditional food courts, with their Sbarros and Panda Expresses, these venues offer up a different kind of experience. Bethany Biron, Vox, "The food court’s younger, hipper cousin is a curated version of the mall staple.," 30 Oct. 2018 Enjoy over 20 live music and dance performances, a diverse food court, a beer garden and a community art show. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s your Alaska summer 2018 festival guide," 17 May 2018

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of food court

: an area within a building (such as a shopping mall) where there are many small restaurants that share a large area of tables for their customers

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