New snack cart opens in Jamrich Hall

Austin Irwin

Within and around campus, many students and faculty can find places to eat, ranging from hall marketplaces to cleverly placed vending machines.

However, hidden near the lecture halls and snuggled in between regular classrooms lies one of NMU’s newest choices of eateries.

Jamrich Java Cart opened the day classes started on Monday, Aug. 23. Located in Jamrich 205, it is home to a menu of subs, salads, sandwiches, coffee, and an array of baked goods.  Founder of the Jamrich Java Cart, Jeff Smith opened the store for one main reason: convenience.

“When the weather starts getting nasty out, being able to grab a meal and refreshment without leaving the building will be incredibly convenient for students who have classes in the University Plaza,” Smith said.

Having both food and drink under one roof is a great addition to the tunnels and hamster hallways in the plaza. Now students won’t have to go back to their hall or back into town to eat in between classes.

“Everything on the Jamrich Java Hut menu is below $6. This is a very affordable choice for those on the go,” employee Cora Smith said. “We are also getting an Espresso/Cappuccino machine hopefully within the next two weeks.”

As far as payment options go, students can use the CatCash or Dining Dollars on their Wildcat Express Card.

Employee Carolyn Lantzy said, “Everything on the menu is made ready to order. This is a ‘Grab ‘n’ Go’ type of restaurant.”

Although meals are ready to go once paid for, students also have a choice to stick around and dine in. Jamrich Java Cart offers both tables and couches for those wishing to relax and eat.

The coffee is from a brewery company out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NMU is only the third university to sell Stone Creek Coffee Roasters brews on its campus.

“The choice was made to buy from a regional brewery because, not only do they support fair trade, Stone Creek is also socially responsible as a business. I wanted to buy from a local business, and the fact they are socially responsible really helped me reach my decision,” Smith said.

Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.