Construction Begins On New Cafe At Moody Library

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Work crews begin construction on Java City, an upscale cafe at Moody Library.
Jan. 8, 2003

Java City, a new ARAMARK food service that will replace Moody Brews, is under construction on the garden level of Baylor University's Moody Memorial Library. The upscale cafe will serve gourmet coffees, fruit smoothies, sandwiches, salads and desserts. ARAMARK, Baylor's food service provider, has committed more than $250,000 toward this project.

The new eating area will meet students' needs by staying open late Monday through Thursday, said William B. Hair, associate dean of the Central Libraries. "This new service area with extended hours will give students a place to grab a bite to eat while continuing their studies into the late hours. In addition to convenience and safety, the new cafe will provide a more pleasing atmosphere for students," he said.

Extending approximately 10 feet into the Harvey Garden, Java City will resemble a greenhouse. Inside, the lounge area will be remodeled with new lighting and ceiling tiles. The cafe will feature tables of differing heights, comfortable chairs and a coffee bar with electrical and dataport outlets for laptop use.

Outdoor tables and chairs will be placed outside in the Harvey Garden. Plans are under way to redesign the garden with red brick pavers, an irrigation system and plants. The renovation of the garden will be funded with a grant from the Schumacher Foundation of Dover, Mass.

Construction on Java City, which began on Dec. 18, is expected to be completed by the first week of March. A grand opening will be scheduled for mid-March. Food service will not be available in the libraries during the construction period, and noise and dust could cause some inconveniences for library patrons.

For more information, call Moody Library at 710-2112.

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