after renovations are completed next year, Yale officials told the Yale Daily News. The menu for the new space has yet to be designed, but officials said the cafe may serve exclusively sustainable food. The menu will include salads and cold sandwiches borrowed from menus in the residential colleges, Dining Services Executive Director Don McQuarrie says, but he said the cafe selection of "fair trade" coffees, espresso, and frozen drinks will set it apart from other dining locations.
The cafe will be located at the library's new main entrance. Officials chose the design from a variety of options that ranged from a self-serve area like Machine City to a national brand-name shop, she said.
The project is designed to be financially self-sustainable, with student cash and flex purchases paying for its operation, McQuarrie said. It is too soon to know whether the menu's sustainable offerings will impact its prices, he said, though Dining Services will ensure that it is affordable.
The decision to build the cafe, which was made in the last few weeks, comes during a student-led petition drive to expand the Yale Sustainable Food Project in the residential college dining halls.
The library renovation operations will last through summer 2007.