Caf extends dining hours

The coffee cart's closure helped Bon Appetit grant student requests for later Caf closing times.

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Caf extends dining hours

Photo by Thecla Li/ THE CHIMES

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Photo by Thecla Li/ THE CHIMES

Photo by Thecla Li/ THE CHIMES

Brittany Ung, Freelance Writer

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In a win for late night snackers and chronic pro-caf-tinators, the Caf has extended its dining hours by a half-hour each night. The Caf now closes at 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.

STUDENT REQUESTS ARE HEARD

Bon Appétit’s general manager Steve Rall said the change was driven by student demand.

“[In] the dining survey, kids say ‘more hours. Hours hours hours hours.’ They’re not going to be happy until it’s 24/7,” Rall said.

While the Caf is still far from all-day dining, the extra half-hour makes a difference to some students. The Caf’s previous dinner time used to conflict with some Torrey Honors Institute classes, which occur from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

“The number one comment for the extended dining hours: a Torrey class would get out at 7:30 [p.m.],” Rall said. “Those kids would say they have to rush here, and if they stop and talk to anybody they weren’t getting in.”

From a budgetary standpoint, Rall says the extended dining hours will not increase costs. Due to waning sales, Biola’s coffee cart will no longer be available, so the cost of that labor will instead shift to the Caf for its new hours.

“The coffee cart labor will pay for the students’ extended dining, and it’s not going to cost anybody anything,” Rall said. “Affordability is very important, not to increase costs, [but] how to do stuff within your budget and give more services is the challenge. And it is challenging, but [with] creative thinking, things can happen.”