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Stata Dining Services to Open in Fall

By Kathy Lin and Beckett Sterner


Forbes cafÉ, the new food service in Building 32, will not open until this coming fall term due to construction delays. As a consequence, Walker dining will remain open through the summer.

“Originally we were going to open [Forbes cafÉ] after spring break,” said Senior Project Manager Nancy E. Joyce, but there were problems with the elevator for bringing food from the basement preparation area up to the cafe. She said the elevator would probably be completed in late June.

Director of Campus Dining Richard D. Berlin III said that Forbes “will definitely be ready for the fall.”

In addition, Berlin said that there was “no reason to close Walker” before next fall even if the construction in Building 32 finished in time, because a fall opening for Forbes would allow for a “smoother transition.”

Forbes to offer variety of foods

Berlin said that Forbes cafÉ would offer many selections. It would consist of “a cafÉ area with Starbucks coffee and grab-and-go” food, as well as lots of baked goods.

The cafe would be open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rest of the dining area would be open for lunch, Berlin said.

He said the cafÉ would have similar but more extensive offerings than the Building 4 cafÉ, with a sushi bar, large deli, stone oven pizza and fresh bread, signature sandwiches, hot entrees, and comfort foods.

There would be a special focus on rice and casserole-type dishes because “a lot of people on East Campus go to the food trucks and want a substantial quantity of food,” he said.

In addition, a pub open to the MIT community called R&D would open on the fourth floor of Stata, Berlin said. Since it will serve beer and wine, there will be ID checks, he said.

The food will be catered by Sodexho, and staff from Walker dining will work in Building 32 or at other sites, he said.

When the food service does finally open, he said, “Walker will become a catering event venue,” for alumni events or dance practices.