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Coffee is brewing at new Barnes & Noble Café

The Barnes & Noble Café seats more than 50 occupants and offers Starbucks regular and iced coffees and specialty drinks.

After a month of major construction in the Lehigh University Bookstore, the Barnes & Noble Café opened on Monday, Aug. 11. The Café, which is in the lower level of the bookstore, seats more than 50 occupants and offers Starbucks regular and iced coffees and specialty drinks.

Amenities of the Café include wireless internet and comfortable, spacious seating.

Until students return, the hours of operation will be 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Once the semester starts on Aug. 25, extended hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

The idea for the Barnes & Noble Café came out of a survey conducted by Lehigh University Business Services last spring. Steve Schatten, the new general manager of the bookstore, is excited about the atmosphere the Café will generate.

“We’re creating a versatile environment well suited for studying and socializing," says Schatten. "We are excited about the possibility of using the newly created area for author events.”

To make room for the café, convenience items were relocated into a convenience market next to Johnny’s Bagels called Market on the Square. Market on the Square, located in the space formerly occupied by Jazzman’s Café, opened Aug. 13. Both locations will have official grand opening celebrations during the fall semester.

--Brynn Buskirk

Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008

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