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Java City and Patio Café Provide Campus Alternatives

Linna Jones
Staff Writer


   Java City and the Patio Café added to their current menus and lengthened their opening times.

   Java City opens at 7:30 a.m. and stays open until 3 p.m.. Now it also opens at 5 and stays open until 9:30 p.m.

   The Patio Café serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and dinner from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Something new to the Patio Café: it serves breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday.

   Java City provides students with the chance to get coffee in the mornings and early afternoon, and many students visit Java City during the evening hours.

   "It think it is great, it gives the community the opportunity to come in and the students another place to go at night," Java City worker Diana Binkley said.

   Junior Tamera Austin, who works nights at Java City, agreed.

   "I think the hours are great," she said. "The staff and students find it convenient when they are here at night rather than leave campus to find something to eat and drink."

   The menu for Java City includes muffins or brownies, coffee cake, scones, cookies, sliced sweet bread, cinnamon swirl, bottled sodas, bottled juices, sandwiches, candy bars, bottled water, Red Bull and can sodas. In need of caffeine? Come in and try Java City's variety of coffee from their espresso bar, iced beverages and beverages.

   Sophomore Demetrius McDonald said, "I enjoy it a lot, it gives me a pick up at night when I am studying."

   The Patio Café serves breakfast for commuters and on-campus students. On average, the Patio Café serves four to five people every morning.

   Patio Café worker Robin Neblett said, "Our commuters don't know we are open for breakfast. If we could get our commuters in here and then they will see that we have good food at quality prices."

   Opinions vary among customers.

   Sophomore Stephanie Davis said, "It's nice as soon as you order, it's quickly done. The workers are nice and the food is good too."

   Other students expressed dislike for the Patio Café's food.

   Jeremy Williams said, "I don't like the breakfast, but everything else is OK."

   Aramark Food Service director Charlie Kremer said breakfast may only be served this semester.  

   "I think they enjoy the menu. But with approximately five people coming in, it might not stay open," he said. "We're going to keep it open this year, but next year a decision will be made.”

   The breakfast menu for the Patio Café includes eggs, omelets, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and breakfast burritos. The side items consist of bacon, sausage, ham, toast, biscuits, English muffins, homemade muffins and cinnamon roles, glazed donuts, hot cereal, hash brown patty, bacon or sausage biscuit, bacon or sausage English muffin sandwich, bowl of grits, fruit cup and whole fruit.

    The Patio Café and Java City offer students and faculty different places to eat and a place to drink coffee.

   "We don’t know if the new hours will continue, but I like what is happening at Java City," Kremer said.

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