Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2001

Wildcat Cafe expands offerings for hungry students

August 23, 2001

When hunger calls, Baker University students and staff will have more options this year at the Wildcat Cafwhich opened last April.

An expanded breakfast menu and a larger assortment of desserts will greet diners, said Darrell Bowersox, director of food services. The cafffers meals cooked to order from the grill, such as hamburgers, chicken burgers, french fries and appetizers. This year complete breakfasts featuring eggs, bacon, breakfast sandwiches and breakfast pizzas will be available. Most menu items are under $3.

"It fills the gap when the cafeteria isn't open," Bowersox said, "and it balances out giving students a place in the afternoon to go and have a Coke. It's a service to students. In the evening they have a place to eat and study or just hang out."

Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Bowersox said weekend hours might be adjusted later to better accommodate student needs.

Bowersox said the cafwhich is located in Harter Union, is intended as a gathering place for students. It replaced a snack bar in the basement, which closed several years ago. With cable television and inexpensive food, the cafuickly became popular last spring, Bowersox said.

Senior Jess Fisher from Overland Park said he appreciates the university providing the service to students. He enjoyed the former snack shop as a freshman.

"I love it," Fisher said. "We go up there to eat and study. It's a change of setting, plus they have the TV up there."

Senior Mia Wright from Tulsa, Okla., echoed Fisher's enthusiasm for the caf
"There's a really good selection of food," Wright said. "I'm glad they decided to put something in to replace the old grill."

The cafs not just open to students and staff, Bowersox said, but also residents of Baldwin City who are looking for a bite to eat.

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