Einstein Bros. Bagels opened its doors to the Loras and Dubuque community on Oct. 21. The new construction is at the corner of Loras Boulevard and Loras Parkway, making it easily accessible to students, staff and those outside of Loras as well. It will be open seven days a week. Monday through Friday it will be open from 6 am to 8 pm, Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We conduct ongoing customer research as well as subscribe to national marketing research firms to ensure we stay abreast of changing consumer needs and future trends. These result in our ability to understand best practices across all market segments. We recommended the Einstein Bros. Bagels concept based on its national brand status, ability to serve all-day parts, as well as its community-building ability for the new Welcome Center,” Susi DuBois, Aramark’s Director of Campus Dining said.
Einstein Bros. Bagels offers a set menu that provides a variety of more than 20 bagels, made-to-order sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads and coffee. Bagel types include options such as Asiago cheese, cinnamon sugar, cranberry, sundried tomato, onion and more. There are also ten cream cheese types offered, including both regular and non-fat flavors of varieties such as strawberry, maple-raisin, walnut, jalapeno salsa and garden vegetable. Seasonal soups and salads are offered as accompaniments or full meals as well. Dessert options include cookies, struesels and coffee cake. Fruit juices, a wide variety of coffees (including at least one Fair Trade option), teas, hot chocolate and soft drinks are also available. The java drinks included the house-blend drip coffees, iced coffee, espressos, cappuccinos, lattes and mochas. Seasonal drinks and menu items will also be offered, some beginning on Nov. 4, 2015 for the upcoming winter season.
In addition to providing a wide variety of menu food and drink items, Einstein’s also provides a great atmosphere for socializing and studying. This location gives an additional unique experience, different than some of the other options on campus.
“Einstein’s will give students the coffee shop atmosphere that our other dining locations currently do not provide. This environment will continue to foster community building and socializing, just like our other locations, only with a different ambiance and menu offering,” DuBois said.
“Einstein Bros. Bagels will create a natural campus destination for study breaks and meetings and, we feel, will be the main attraction for social interaction between classes. The warm, inviting atmosphere and comfortable seating package will not only encourage longer stays and more interaction between Loras constituents, but will also make it a community destination.”
Einstein Bros. Bagels is a national brand, and so Loras has to follow their brand standards in regards to the store set-up, the menu offerings, promotions and décor. However, the school did design the Welcome Center portion of the building, and this section will house spirit wear and other Loras College items for students and visitors.
“Einstein’s brought a variety of new food for those students who were tired of the Café and the Pub. I think Einstein’s is a great opportunity to attract the community and provide an environment for people to connect while enjoying a fresh new menu. It feels like you are in a bigger campus and the hours are convenient,” senior Juanita Bustamante Escobar said, echoing the excitement of many students and staff at Loras about the new addition.