New café at Utah State makes customer service changes

New café features items not found elsewhere on campus.

March 22—The Monday opening of Luke’s Cafe in the new Agricultural Sciences Building at Utah State University, in Logan, Utah, marked the completion of one of many projects USU Dining Services has had in the works throughout this school year.

Dining Services is pointing toward one goal — to enhance students’ college experiences by providing not only food, but atmospheres where they can create memories, said Alan Andersen, Dining Services executive director.

The same day Luke’s Cafe opened, the hours of operation for the Hub were extended. Instead of closing at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Hub, located on the first floor of the Taggart Student Center, will stay open until 5 p.m., except for Scotsman’s Corner and Salad Masters. Taco Time will continue to stay open until 9 p.m.

“We are looking to create areas where students want to come and hang out,” said Jaime Bradford, operations manager for Dining Services. “We want to create that experience throughout our dining options. It’s in everything we do.”

The cafe was named after the Luke Family, who donated funding to the College of Agriculture that was needed for the cafe’s construction, Andersen said. The Dining Services staff said they want the name “Luke’s” to catch on, instead of “Cafe on the Quad.” The cafe will be open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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