Heart of the Campus

One World Café

The third phase of UB’s Heart of the Campus initiative will bring One World Café, the university’s much-anticipated international eatery — a transformative initiative  being designed by  the UB community, for  the UB community — to one of the busiest crossroads on the North Campus in 2021.

One World Café will:

  • Meet the demand for expanded dining facilities among a growing campus population
  • Be much more than a restaurant; it will be a place for members of the campus community to meet and spend time with fellow students, faculty and friends in a global, multicultural environment
  • Present authentically prepared foods from around the world, and it is expected that different menu cycles will be offered throughout the academic year to keep the experience fresh
  • Offer opportunities to integrate impactful research being conducted at the university on issues such as sustainability, food security and food equity
  • Be designed by the UB community for the UB community

Envisioning the Project

conceptual drawing of the proposed Global Market

Conceptual drawing of the café

A transformative initiative, One World Café will create a “front door” to the university around and under the existing overhangs of Capen Hall and the Founders Plaza courtyard between Norton Hall and Capen.

The project is envisioned creating a food “market” atmosphere and community space where students, faculty, staff and visitors can enjoy a diverse selection of foods from around the world in a welcoming environment.

aerial view of Capen and Norton

As envisioned, One World Café would be approximately double the size of the restaurant, dining room and kitchen area of Bert’s, the existing Campus Dining & Shops restaurant in Talbert Hall. The area would be glassed-in and accessible from the first floor of Norton; it would replace Bert’s and the New York Deli, also located in Talbert.

Moving Forward — Expected Dates

UB is making progress on mutliple fronts towards completing the cafe in summer 2021:

  • Name selected by summer 2018
  • Design completed by winter 2018
  • Construction begins summer 2019
  • One World Café opens summer 2021

Progress Highlights

Sayre Stowell's contest submission, One World Café, for the new international eatery, was chosen by UB students in a naming contest. He was awarded $500 during a reception at Founders' Plaza to announce the name.
We have begun the preliminary stages of construction by testing the ground that lies underneath the Founders Plaza. 
UB students, faculty and staff took part in focus groups October 12, 2017, to share thoughts, ideas and preferences with members of the steering committee and design team.
Cannon, a Western New York-based global design firm, was selected through a highly competitive bidding process to partner with UB on this transformative project.


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