February 2, 2012

NO ONE GOES THERE ANY MORE, IT'S TOO CROWDED...:

Cafe draws patrons despite prices: The introduction of King Arthur Flour Cafe was intended to promote the social atmosphere of Baker Main Hall following its renovation in early 2011. (Michael Riordan, February 2, 2012, The Dartmouth)

Many students interviewed by The Dartmouth expressed satisfaction with both King Arthur Flour's location and the quality of its food options, and said they willingly opt to purchase food from the cafe rather than use meal swipes elsewhere.

Gabriela Josebachvili '15, who said she likes "King Arthur Flour more than oxygen," frequents the cafe up to twice a day and said she considers King Arthur Flour the best dining option on campus.

"Their location within the library is very convenient, so I can go while I study," she said. "Their coffee is the best coffee on campus -- certainly better than Novack, which is the only other place to eat in the library."

Josebachvili said she switched from the SmartChoice dining plan offering 20 meals per week -- which members of the Class of 2015 were required to purchase during their first term -- to the option of five meals per week in order to spend more on meals at the cafe this term.

"On the 20-meal plan, I would just get coffee because meals were too expensive," she said. "Now I can get a sandwich or salad without feeling bad."

Phoebe Palmer '14 said that King Arthur Flour's main draw is its central location on campus.

"Location is probably the biggest factor -- I honestly like Collis much better," she said. "If King Arthur Flour wasn't in the library, I probably would barely go 
there."

The relatively high price of items, with sandwiches costing around seven dollars with the addition of tax, is not a deterrent from eating at the cafe, she said. 
The College does not influence the price of items sold by independent vendors on campus, according to Anderson.

"King Arthur Flour is definitely expensive," Palmer said. "I'm from New York City, so I feel like I'm not as shocked by an eight or nine-dollar sandwich as I should be."

Zachary Myslinski '15 said he has only been to the cafe five times since the start of Fall term, often due to the long wait.

"Not only is the food expensive, but the lines are ridiculously inconvenient," he said. "It's more of a social space to meet people than a study area."

Posted by at February 2, 2012 9:12 PM
  

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