Heart of the Campus

One World Café

All images courtesy of CannonDesign.

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 2022.

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

Moving Forward — Expected Dates

UB is making progress on multiple fronts towards completing the café in spring 2022:

  • Name selected — summer 2018
  • Design completed — summer 2019
  • Pre-construction begins — fall 2019
  • One World Café opens — spring 2022
See the video of the latest Town Hall Meeting

See the video of the latest Town Hall Meeting 5/9/2019

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.

Capen and Norton location

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.



One world cafe interior design.

Interior design drawing

Ike Lowry, a CannonDesign associate vice president and a 2001 graduate of UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, told student audiences at a slide show of the Café design, “We know students today care where the ingredients in their food come from and how it is made. One World Café will offer authentic foods, freshly prepared, and students can watch as their meal comes together for them.”

Town Hall Presentations

Progress Highlights in UB News


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