The Founder’s Memorial Library is set to become the hot new dining spot on campus.
Coffee & Bagels will replace the former Founder’s Café on the lower level of the library beginning April 9. The new dining destination will feature the combined offerings of Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels.
As the name implies, Einstein Bros. offers a selection of bagels and cream cheese (aka shmear), but that is just a start. The menu also includes a dozen breakfast sandwiches and eight lunch and dinner sandwich options.
On the coffee side of the house, Caribou will offer a selection of coffees, lattes, mochas and other coffee-based drinks, most available hot or iced. Many of the company’s signature line of specialty mochas will also be poured, along with teas, coolers and smoothies.
“As we sought out companies to partner with, we asked students what they were looking for. It was clear that they wanted ‘name brand’ companies that offered fresh, high-end food and quality drinks,” said Dan Koenen, executive director for Campus Dining Services. “We believe that Coffee & Bagels meets all of those criteria.”
Work on the new restaurant has been underway for a few weeks. It will have seating for 70 inside of the main dining area, which will have a “coffee house feel,” according to Koenen. There will be seating for another 20 customers just outside the restaurant.
Plans are in place to allow students to spend Flex Dollars and Huskie Bucks at Coffee & Bagels and eventually, the restaurant may even tie into the student dining plan, said Koenen.
The new dining destination will not only upgrade the options available at the library, but also will provide a place for hungry faculty, staff and students to grab a bite on campus while renovation work is underway on the lower level of the Holmes Student Center. That work will begin in early May and last for about a year, forcing the closure of the Blackhawk Café, Subway, the Center Market and Coffee Corner. New dining options will be available when the building reopens, including some national franchises, said Koenen.