A new cafe, “Jolt”, will be opening in the Business School in September, while the building’s restaurant will feature a flexible space known as “Platform”.
Jolt will be located on the lower ground floor, near the 600-seat lecture theatre. The cafe will have a small seating area, however, Jolt will primarily offer “‘grab and go’ options to cater for students who are leaving or arriving at lectures,” Breffni Jones, Trinity’s Marketing Director, told Trinity News.
The new cafe will stock sandwiches and salads, sausage rolls, homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks as well as a range of snacks, such as muesli bars, seeds and nut mixes, protein balls and fresh fruit.
Jolt will be operated by global services provider Sodexo, the same company operating the new Business School restaurant Forum and the Perch Cafe in the Arts Building.
The 300-seat Forum restaurant is expected to open in early September and will feature an outdoor area and a “flexible” space known as Platform. Sodexo will use Platform to showcase new food ideas.
The space will also be available to student entrepreneurs and small-to-medium sized enterprises as an “innovation space”. New street food will be offered in Platform, “ensuring that the Business School is at the forefront of food innovation and enterprise,” Jones said.
Platform will also be used by clubs, societies and student groups as well as local businesses and recruiters to carry out activities and events “that will help students with employability skills”.
“Forum” was decided on as the name of the new restaurant following the circulation of a survey, having received the highest number of votes from students.
The Business School was officially opened in May by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, concluding a five year long project to develop the site.The building, located on Pearse Street, includes a 600-seat auditorium and 140-seat lecture hall, alongside several smaller lecture theatres.
The building is also home to Trinity’s Ideas Workspace, also known as “Tangent,” an innovation and enterprise hub to provide space for businesses to encourage links between students, staff and businesses, and a rooftop conference room.
It is a near-zero energy building, containing natural ventilation, solar panels, and two green walls on the outside in keeping with College’s sustainability policy.
The Business School staff moved into the new Pearse Street location over a week ago.