Pierce Cafe opened for business last month for a preview period. Pierce Cafe was created as an alternative on-campus dining location and to enhance the Pierce Dining Hall experience. The renovations also included upgrades to the second floor of Howe, also known as “Pierce Lobby.”
Pierce Cafe features Grab & Go salads and sandwiches, like other campus cafes. Unique menu options are Peet’s Coffee & Mighty Leaf Tea – instead of Starbucks brand that is used in other on-campus locations – and smoothies. On the daily, students swiping into Pierce Dining Hall will be able to pick up a cup of Peet’s Coffee from the cafe’s side window. On weekends, smoothies are also included with a swipe into Pierce Dining Hall.
The area for the cafe used to be underutilized space with extra tables, chairs, and couches for lounging. The new set up includes a counter space, a left side window for fast pick up, and several tables and couches creating a small cafe atmosphere. Renovations also brought dark hardwood flooring, which replaced old tiling, and chalk board paint on the west wall behind the area for tabling.
The official grand opening of Pierce Cafe was supposed to be on Sept. 29, but it has been postponed to an unknown date. When it occurs, Stevens dining staff say the celebration will have balloons, coupons, and food specials.