And unlike most prisons, food was pushed through the doors of each cell rather than served in a cafeteria.
First gold medal of the Olympics won by U.S. in the Sliding Down Hill Behind the Dorm on cafeteria Tray event.
He even suggested that these disadvantaged kids “sweep the floor of the cafeteria” as payment for their meals.
1839, American English, from Mexican Spanish cafeteria "coffee store," from café "coffee" (see coffee) + Spanish -tería "place where something is done" (usually business). The ending came to be understood popularly as meaning "help-yourself" (as though café + -teria) and was extended to new formation with that sense from c.1923.
Allowing a range of choice; Smorgasbord: cafeteria insurance plans (1980s+)