February 09, 2017, BY Heather Johns

More food and drink selections, extended hours and a focus on sustainability mark the upgrades to Bucknell University dining options.

The Bison

Photo by Brett Simpson

One of students' favorite places to fuel up before class, the Bison has returned to being open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Bison hours were extended "because of the popularity of our new line of smoothies, juices and bowls in the Bison Fresh section," said Jay Breeding, Bucknell Dining director of retail. Early birds will find a few new additions to the bowl section, including a vegan chocolate pudding and toasted quinoa. A toast bar allows people to select and toast their breads, then add everything from avocado to salmon to spreads like butter and jam. Traditional breakfast foods are also available, including eggs made to order at the grill, an oatmeal bar, fresh pastries and coffee.

7th Street Café

Photos by Emily Paine

7th Street Café's coffeehouse feel is also getting an upgrade with a new focus on specialty coffee and tea.​ The selection of new beverage options is locally sourced through a partnership with Bucknell graduate Chris Trate '82, who owns wholesale distributor W.A. Dehart in Mifflinburg, Pa.

"7th Street Café is upping its comfort game with the addition of a new specialty coffee roaster and tea blend supplier Stockton Graham & Co.," said Breeding. If brewed coffees aren't to taste, caffeine cravers can now select a pour-over option. Tea lovers can choose from an expanded hot beverage menu that includes Two Leaves and a Bud teas, hand-wrapped flowering green tea, ceremonial matcha service and seasonal flavored coffees, launching with Chocolate Cherry Kiss.

Hungry Bucknellians can still get a hot breakfast at 7th Street Café, along with a selection of locally produced snacks such as Pardoe's nuts, Middleswarth chips and items from David's Awesome Pretzels. Customers will now be served on china unless they're taking their order to go.

BYO Mug Sticker Program
Want to save a little cash while contributing to the University's commitment to sustainability? You get a sticker! Bring any reusable vessel up to 20 ounces to 7th Street Café, the Bison or the Library Café and purchase a $1 refill sticker designed by Ashley Vecchio '20, who serves on the Bucknell Dining sustainability subcommittee. You'll get $0.25 off of any brewed coffee, iced tea or fountain soda every time the stickered vessel is used. "The goal is to continue to reduce the use of disposable cups, sleeves and lids," said Breeding.