Au Bon Pain Coming to Penn State

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International cafe and bakery chain Au Bon Pain will take residence on Penn State’s campus this fall, replacing Ottos’ Cafe in the Kern Graduate Building. Penn State Housing and Food Services confirmed the widespread speculation that Au Bon Pain was moving in yesterday.

“We wanted to partner with a quality brand that reaches everyone, and also offers a fresh and healthy menu,” said director of retail campus dining David Gingher. “We were impressed by what Au Bon Pain had to offer, particularly with its experience in a university setting.”

Boston-based Au Bon Pain has 230 locations in the United States, along with several offerings in India, South Korea, and Thailand. The bakery is increasingly inhabiting college campuses across the U.S., with locations already established at Rutgers, Duke, Virginia Tech, Penn, Auburn, UConn, Yale, Notre Dame, and others.

The newcomer will keep the Otto’s namesake — to be affectionately called Au Bon Pain at Otto’s Café —  in honor of the late assistant vice president for Housing and Food Services Otto Mueller who oversaw major expansion in food offerings at Penn State during his tenure from 1953 to 1978.

Au Bon Pain (in English: “place of good bread”) is known for its sandwiches, breads, pastries, salads, soups, and coffee. Two other branch Au Bon Pains will also move in on campus; one each in the IST Building and Zoller Gallery by the Visual Arts Building. And they didn’t even need to go to Altoona for two years first (Ba-Dum Tshh)!

“We pride ourselves on giving guests fresh and healthy options,” said Au Bon Pain CEO Sue Morelli.  “Our menu spans from morning to night, while our service system allows guests to choose among made-to-order sandwiches and salads as well as flavorful pre-made options if they are on the run. We look forward to serving delicious food with warm hospitality to the Penn State University community.”

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Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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