Residential dining commons Cafe 3 will be expanding its days of operation from four days a week to seven just in time for the start of the fall semester.
The cafe, located in the Unit 3 Residence Hall near Telegraph Avenue between Channing Way and Durant Avenue, will begin its new hours of operation and provide both brunch and dinner starting Aug. 20.
The cafe originally had to curtail service in Fall 2009 due to budget cuts, according to Patrice Thomas, customer and public relations manager at Cal Dining.
“With the opening of Maximino Martinez Commons and the addition of 400 new residents, we are able to offer a full week of service at Cafe 3,” Thomas said in an email. “Increasing the service hours also allows us to meet the increased demand of the new residential community.”
Maximino Martinez Commons, located near People’s Park, is expected to open in the fall and will service 416 students.
According to Thomas, the cafe will continue its unique brunch and dinner service, and will be serving 14 meals a week to its patrons. Of the four main campus dining commons — including the Crossroads, Foothill and Clark Kerr dining commons — Cafe 3 is the only one that serves weekday brunch, according to the Cal Dining website.
“Brunch and dinner will be served seven days a week,” Thomas said in the email. “Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner from 5-9 p.m.,” Thomas said in the email. “We do anticipate an increase in meals served due to Martinez Commons.”
Chuck Davies, the associate director of residential dining at Cal Dining, said the expanded operation days at Cal Dining will have a positive effect on Crossroads, the residential dining commons located near the Unit 1 and Unit 2 residence halls.
“Things will be a lot less crazy at Crossroads, particularly on the weekends,” Davies said. “It will relieve pressure on service.”
According to Thomas, the type of service and menu at the cafe will be the same, but there will be some noticeable changes such as a self-service deli bar that was added over the summer and expanded grill service. Cal Dining also hopes to add two full-time sushi chefs to the cafe.
“With expanded service there are additional costs for labor, food and other expenses but these will be offset by the revenue that we will receive from the 220 new resident meal plans at Martinez Commons,” Thomas said in the email.
Norma Jamison-Birks, general manager at Cafe 3 and the Unit 3 Bear Market, said in an email that the cafe staff is looking forward to expanding service.
“We serve several items, like our daily omelette bar, that are very popular with students,” Jamison-Birks said in an email. “Now they will be able to enjoy more of their favorite dishes all week long.”
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