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Oct. 24, 1997

Design Cafe now serving

by Anne Dolan

Design Cafe, a coffee shop operated by the Memorial Union's vending division, opened on the first floor of the College of Design building Oct. 20. The cafe was installed next to Gallery 181 in space formerly used for Gallery storage.

It will offer coffee and its cousins -- including cappuccino, lattes and espresso -- licensed from the Java Coast brand, bottled water and fruit juices, and Coca Cola- brand soft drinks.

The morning food menu at the cafe features muffins, pastries and bagels. The afternoon and evening menu includes deli- style and pita sandwiches prepared on site, side orders of pasta and vegetable salads, and desserts.

By next spring, soft-serve yogurt will be added. Initially, Design Cafe will operate on a cash-only basis.

The cafe will serve from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. It will be closed on Saturdays.

Providing food service beyond vending machines was part of the Memorial Union's winning vending bid in the summer of 1996, said Kathy Svec, marketing director for the Memorial Union.

"We know there are areas of campus that are remote from Campustown or the Memorial Union, and that people in those areas would like more than vending service," she said.

The cafe space does not include a seating area, but College of Design officials earmarked departmental vending revenues for tables and chairs. They are set up in the Design atrium near the Design Cafe.

The cafe does not replace vending machines in the building, which remain on the second floor.

The Memorial Union's vending bid also included a proposal for expanded food service at the Vet Med building. Svec said that still is part of the Union's plans, but no timeline has been set for that project.

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