Heart of the Campus

International Eatery

The third phase of UB’s Heart of the Campus (HOTC-3) initiative will bring an international eatery, currently being referred to as the global market café, to one of the busiest crossroads on the North Campus in 2020.

Naming Celebration May 1st

All the votes are in!

Come Hear About the Winning Name
Tuesday, May 1st, 12 - 1 pm
Founders Plaza

The new, international eatery 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

A transformative initiative, this international eatery 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, the international eatery 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

UB is making progress on mutliple fronts towards completing the eatery in spring 2020:

  • Naming and design phase by spring 2018
  • Construction beginning summer 2018
  • Eatery opening spring 2020

Progress Highlights

UB students submitted names for the permanent name of UB's new international eatery; that list was narrowed down to three. After students voted on their favorite name,  it's time to celebrate the announcement of the winning name for the new, international eatery.
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.


We welcome your views about this project.