Marywood’s Fireplace Lounge Cafe gets a makeover for the coming semester – The Wood Word

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Building walls demarcate the cafe as it undergoes renovations.

Since the start of the fall semester 2021, a large black curtain has surrounded the cafe on the upper floor of Nazareth Hall. During the weekend of October 9, timber construction walls were erected to block the area.

Many students are curious about what will happen to the cafe.

The cafe sold the usual coffee items such as coffee and pastries. It was a place where students could go between classes, have coffee, and sit down to chat.

The cafe has been closed since 2017, when Starbucks was first introduced to the Learning Commons. Starbucks quickly became a big hit, and with more and more students revolving around Starbucks, the Nazareth Cafe was closed.

Since then, few people hang out in the living room by the fireplace. The great room has chairs and tables to sit on, but the space is generally quiet and empty.

The Marywood University Buildings and Grounds Department saw potential in the Great Hall and open cafe. They felt that the room could be improved and used again for the students to relax.

According to Wendy Yankelitis, director of Buildings and Grounds, the old cafe will turn into a “winner and go,” selling smoothies, milkshakes, sandwiches, salads and more. The idea is for it to be something new and unique from a traditional cafe or Starbucks.

Yankelitis also says the new grab and go will be run and managed by Chartwells, the same company that runs Starbucks.

“We work hard on a daily basis to attract staff to all of our facilities. Every effort will be made to staff the two establishments, ”said Louis Mazza, director of catering services.

Chartwells has also agreed to pay for some of the upgrades to the new cafe. Reconstruction began at the end of October.

The original plan was to open it by the end of the fall semester, but Yankelitis felt it shouldn’t be rushed.

“The goal is to open it for the start of the spring semester,” Yankelitis said. “It will give the students something to look forward to when they return. ”

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Richard Dement

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