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The back of the napkin cafe opens in the Center for Engineering and Computer Science

The new Dartmouth Dining location will be the second undergraduate dining option on the west side of campus.

Taylor Harbor 9/20/22 5:00 AM

Back of the Napkins, the college’s newest on-campus restaurant, opened Sunday afternoon at the Engineering and Computer Science Center.

Dartmouth Dining manager Chris Pickett said the café is open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 9pm, Fridays from 9am to 4:30pm and Sundays from 4:30pm to 9pm. Open until midnight and closed on Saturdays.

The back of the napkin will open after about 5 months from original condition schedule The late-April date, which Dartmouth Dining director John Prologic wrote in an email, was due to prolonged construction delays.

The café’s menu draws inspiration from various other Dartmouth eateries and sources single-origin, single-source coffees from Abracadabra Coffee Roasters in Woodstock, Vermont.

“The café offers snacks, packaged sandwiches on ciabatta bread, salads, sushi, and hot appetizers delivered twice daily from 53 Commons,” Prosik wrote. “[Back of the Napkin] Popular products around the campus, [Class of ’53 Commons] horse venue [Thayer’s]herbivore and grill.

While Back of the Napkins is not fully operational, the cafe is still waiting for the rest of the construction project to be completed to fully serve espresso drinks and soups, and is on track for final completion. No timeline.

Victor Mutri ’23, who said he often studies in the ECSC building, added that the back of the napkin will be a useful place to grab food during evening study sessions.

“Hold this… [location] It’s kind of like late night and that’s kind of nice,” Muturi said.

Pickett said he envisions the location as having “the convenience of a snack bar, but with more options.”

“Absolutely not [the Class of ’53 Commons]but we want it to be pretty busy all night long, and people see value in being able to hang out here and study and get something quickly,” Pickett said. rice field.

Back of the Napkins is the only undergraduate restaurant on the west side of campus, aside from The Fern at Irving Institute. It’s also the only location in the area open after 3:30 p.m., according to Dartmouth Dining. website.

Plodzik writes that Back of the Napkin does not accept meal swipes and instead only works with Dining Dollars, DASH, and credit cards. In addition to Back of the Napkin, new Dartmouth dining establishments such as Ramekin, The Fern and Cafe @ Baker don’t accept meal swipes as payment because those locations don’t generate enough revenue, he said. he writes

Gabi Riddick ’23, a student employee at Dartmouth Dining, appreciates the work schedule at Back of the Napkins and thinks the café is already becoming popular.

“We just opened for the first time and within the first six minutes we had 25 kids in,” said Riddick. “So I think people are especially hungry late at night. It’s going to be busy.”

As Back of the Napkin opens its first week of operations, Piquette said he hopes students will take advantage of the café’s time and location.

“We’re open all day, so we want to make sure we cater to the people who are here during the day,” he said. We hope that a number of students will gather and pick us up soon.”

After her first visit, Kelly Song ’23 said she expected more of a cafe set-up and more hot food options from the location, but was “not disappointed.”

“I’m glad it’s open on the weekends,” Song said. “It’s really hard to find food [around] Here—especially on weekends.

Lauren Goyette ’23 added that she wished the venue had more to offer.

“[The location] definitely a little better [than other Dartmouth Dining choices]but wish it was more Collis [Cafe] or [Courtyard Cafe] It’s like a packed cafe situation,” says Goyette. “But I certainly do not undertake any of this.”