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ATC unveils its new café

Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker addresses the crowd Monday at the ribbon cutting for the school’s new cafe.

Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker addresses the crowd Monday at the ribbon cutting for the school’s new cafe.

ALBANY — Albany Technical College opened its newly designed Titans Café on Monday in the Student Center of the Logistics Education Center.

The Titans Café was launched about two years ago on the campus in Freedom Hall as part of a joint endeavor between the Culinary Arts and Marketing Management programs at Albany Tech.

“We’ve been accused of having ribbon cuttings anytime we can,” ATC President Anthony Parker said with a laugh. “But this is a legit oppotunity and will be of great benefit to our students.”

The new Student Center and Culinary Arts facility in the Logistics Education Center, which opened in June of last year, has made way for the café to expand its operations.

The new café will offer an expanded menu to include daily specials and a wide variety of items. Customers will be able to place requests for made-to-order food items, as well as orders from the grill.

“Our new café will provide a much needed service to our students who may travel to campus via the city transit system or who are dropped off and unable to travel off campus for lunch or snacks,” said Mary Richardson, director of athletics and student activities at Albany Tech.

During spring semester, a new manager for the café was retained. Willie Layfield comes to Albany Tech with more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

Initially, the café will be open for breakfast and lunch Mondays-Thursdays. Plans to expand these operations are in the works.