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Coral Gables city manager inspires return of University of Miami's onion rings


For the most part, University of Miami and Coral Gables officials had nothing but praise for each other at their annual meeting together Tuesday morning.

The exception: Gables City Manager and UM alumnus Pat Salerno found something missing from the Rathskeller at UM’s new $46.5 million Student Activities Center.

“Those delicious onion rings that sustained me through my college days are no longer on the menu,” Salerno lamented.

UM President Donna Shalala chuckled, suggesting she’d look into the oversight.

On Wednesday, the school announced that onion rings would return as a special menu item when students hit classes in January. Salerno has a standing invitation to come taste test.

“I will add this item to the city’s list of accomplishments for this year,” he said, with a laugh. “I can’t wait to eat them.”

UM says the new snack will get a new name, too: SalernOrings.