The Shack is back at MU student center -

The Shack is back at MU student center

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A venerable University of Missouri campus hangout that closed more than 25 years ago is back.

The Shack was a campus institution from the 1920s through its 1984 closing. The restaurant best known for its role in Missouri alumnus Mort Walker's "Beetle Bailey" cartoon strip was destroyed by a fire 23 years ago.

The Columbia Missourian reports that The Shack has been revived as part of the university's gleaming new student center. A restaurant known as Mort's and named for the cartoonist includes a seating area with original furnishings from The Shack.

In addition to the preserved table and three booths, wall panels from the old hangout are part of the new restaurant's ceiling.

The famous Shack Burger, complete with secret sauce, also is part of the new eatery.

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