University of Pennsylvania adds campus dining venues

From a full-service Starbucks to a new Mexican flare restaurant, students have food choices in many different cuisines.

PHILADELPHIA—Finding a place to grab a bite to eat on campus is a piece of cake with the addition of a variety of cafes in University buildings where students, faculty, and staff work and study.

Opening soon at the recently refurbished Arts, Research and Culture House (ARCH) Building at 36th Street and Locust Walk is the ARCH Café, which will contain the Tortas Frontera restaurant by acclaimed Chicago chef Rick Bayless. The eatery will offer quick-service Mexican fare, such as soups, open-faced sandwiches called molletes, salads, and cazuelas—hearty Mexican casseroles. In the Café’s “grab and go” section, diners can find turkey sandwiches, fruit, cookies, cupcakes, and other tasty delights.

A host of other campus buildings have added cafes, such as the Bridge Café in Huntsman Hall, giving busy students and employees additional spots to purchase fresh, delicious meals or just a snack. 

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