Oh, For the Love of Starbucks
Soon to be a reality on LIFE’s Campus?
Kelly Milano, DC Student
Grande double caramel Frappuccino – no whip. Venti white chocolate Mocha. Decaf double tall, non-fat, extra-dry Cappuccino. Quad venti, skinny with whip, iced caramel Macchiato. Starbucks has a language all its own, but one that true Starbucks fanatics know and speak fluently.
With the upcoming change-over in management for the Socrates Café also comes the possibility of a licensed Starbucks in Plato II Go. While many may question the school putting a Strabucks franchise in our café, it should be noted that Allmora Culinary, the new management company, is a licensed Starbucks franchise, having already set up Starbucks coffee shops in many of its locations. The creation of a Starbucks is part of what they offer, alongside their culinary expertise.
This new location on LIFE’s campus will be a fully operating Starbucks, complete with baskets of coffee beans, yogurt parfait, RAW bars, pastries, biscotti, Protein Bistro Boxes and Izze drinks. Currently, students are leaving campus to run to the nearest Starbucks (which is just off Windy Hill) just for their dose of caffeine. They are stopping on the way to school for their morning wake-up cup and a quick breakfast, then scrounging to find parking. Now, students will have the option of avoiding the crazy drive thru and get their morning Latte right here on campus, possibly leading to an easier time parking and a better chance of making it to class on time. And while doing this, students will be supporting the school and keeping the money on this campus, instead of Windy Hill Starbucks or Cobb Parkway Starbucks.
As LIFE moves forward in creating this new venture on campus, Liz McGarey, General Manager for Allmora Culinary has stated that every single employee who works in the Socrates Café Starbucks will have undergone thorough Starbucks training. That means no more waiting while the one person who can make your specialty coffee request is tracked down or brought from Socrates to serve you. And no more trying to get your coffee from that little Starbucks vending machine, only to find out, after you have already swiped your card, that it doesn’t work and you are still without your kick of caffeine. Liz stated that she is open to considering longer hours, including possible weekend hours, for Plato II Go, if the need is there.
The name Plato II Go will not change. However you will see the Starbucks logo, as well. The new Starbucks location should open on July 9, the same day as the new Socrates management.