Books ‘n Beans coffee shop is enjoying more customers at its new location on the Harrison campus. And patrons are enjoying its expanded menu and fresh new look since the coffee shop has moved from inside the library to a main corridor outside the library.
Kelly Koch, Director of Auxiliary Services at MMCC, said that the Central Michigan Health Department performed an inspection in early November and the coffee shop received approval to operate. “We now have fountain pop, soup, breakfast sandwiches, pizza and hot cheese sticks in addition to the freshly made sub sandwiches and other items that we offered prior to the remodel,” Koch said. There is also a variety of hot soup or chili for sale daily.
Dining areas also have been provided along the window wall of the library and in room 166, which is located nearby the café and has been refurbished to offer a pleasant dining and relaxation venue, complete with a microwave.
The coffee shop expansion was prompted by the elimination of cafeteria services in Harrison. The Clare-Gladwin RESD had been searching for several years for a commercial kitchen to enhance and enlarge its culinary arts program and MMCC’s facility fit the bill. The library space formerly occupied by Books ‘n Beans also was needed in an effort to consolidate all student Library and Learning Services into one area.
Even though the café has only been open at its new site for about three months, students staffing the operation said they have noticed a boost in business.
“Students and employees have been very receptive to our new location and our expanded menu,” Koch affirmed.
So whether you’re looking for a full lunch, a quick snack or a specialty coffee, stop by the new Books ‘n Beans location outside the library.
Hours for Books ‘n Beans is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.