By Kelsi Williamson, Student Reporter
Students may soon trade in a hot cup of Starbucks’ coffee for a Dutch apple bagel as plans to convert the Brown Library’s Starbucks into an Einstein Bros. Bagels remain under consideration, although ACU Dining Services has yet to take any strides toward renovations.
“We really want to be very methodical,” said Anthony Williams, director of retail and campus store manager. “We want to get this thing right.”
Plans to convert the Learning Commons’ coffee venue into a fully licensed Einstein Bros. Bagels remain undeveloped from last spring; however, Williams said he believed the change could be good for the campus. Because he is aware of only one Einstein in Texas west of Interstate Highway 35, Williams said the bagel company’s presence at ACU would provide a unique dining experience for the community.
“Einstein would provide variety at a price point below Starbucks, but students have to endorse it,” he said. Einstein includes 22 bagel flavors, numerous specialty breakfast and lunch sandwiches and several coffeebased cold and hot drinks.
Jessica Williams, sophomore undeclared major from Atlanta, said she used to frequent an Einstein in her hometown. She currently
visits Starbucks about two times a week but said she would make a special trip to the library for breakfast if the location was to become an Einstein bagel shop.
“I would go more because I’m a huge fan of bagels, and they [Starbucks] don’t usually have a good selection,” Jessica Williams said. Both Anthony Williams and Tom Morris, food services director, said they realize student opinion is key to successful renovations.
“We are always playing with ideas about what students want, but there’s also a price point,” Morris said.
In order for renovation plans to progress, Williams said additional information must be gathered through student surveys. The two encourage any student input and suggest sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.