University of Connecticut | Le Petit Marche Cafe

Storrs, CT

The UConn Co-op contracted with UConn Dining Services to operate the Cafe, envisioned as a small-town French bistro. An open-air, 1700 sf, design was desired by all, with free flow of traffic between the two areas. It was quickly decided the Cafe would need its own street entry in order to capture early morning breakfasts, but this created security challenges so the Cafe could operate independently of the bookstore. By putting it along the sloping street, it could be on an elevated slab, so it gets a grand view into the bookstore proper.