Dr. Karstens at Caf Remodel Press Conference

Briar Cliff University Announces $1.4 Million Cafeteria Remodel

April 27, 2021

Briar Cliff University announced a planned remodel of their cafeteria, the Cliff Café, on Tuesday, April 27. The university shares this has been a project in the works for nearly two years.

“Every day, our students come to the Café to refuel, connect with peers, and study. This is a space of laughter, creating friendships, and building community,” says Dr. Rachelle Karstens, Briar Cliff University President. “Beginning June 1st, the Cliff Café will undergo a $1.4 million remodel.”

The Cliff Café is located in the Stark Student Center on Briar Cliff University’s main campus. Stark was added to campus in 2000 and has evolved over time, but the cafeteria has remained the same. The remodel will include a permanent salad bar, new tile, new paint, new flooring, new lighting, and new furniture. The serving area will also be refreshed.

“Our goal is to work with friends of the university and local contractors on this project, as much as possible, to help further support the Siouxland community,” adds Karstens. “Aramark, our food services partner, has been instrumental in navigating these enhancements and proposed vision.”

The university and Aramark are working diligently on finalizing the bids for this work. The project is estimated to be completed by the 2021 Fall semester, which begins August 23, 2021.

Briar Cliff’s Vice President for Athletics & Operations, Nic Scandrett, also recognizes the committee who has helped throughout the project, which includes students.

“The university, Aramark, and the committee kept our students top of mind as we navigated this project. We are grateful for their guidance,” adds Scandrett. “Our students are the reason we are here.”

Briar Cliff also commenced a renaming campaign for the cafeteria.

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