National chain Au Bon Pain has opened a restaurant in the Kern Building on Penn State’s campus.
A university spokesman said the restaurant opened on Friday after it had been under construction since May. The restaurant replaced Otto’s Cafe, a cafeteria-style eatery that had been a fixture in the building for many years.
Au Bon Pain manages and staffs the new campus restaurant.
A satellite location opened Monday at Zoller Gallery, and another smaller location is scheduled to open Wednesday at the IST Building.
Penn State officials had said the university was looking at a national brand to take the place of the university-owned-and-operated Otto’s Cafe. The infrastructure at Otto’s Cafe, such as the heating and cooling, was in need of replacing, and trends have shown that college students want national chain restaurants.