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.
UB is making progress on multiple fronts towards completing the café in summer 2021:
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.
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.
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.”