Breakfast Buffet Lasts Until 2 p.m. on the Weekends


Some of what's offered at Kessel's breakfast buffet. This buffet lasts until 11 during the week, but until 2 p.m. on the weekends

Stefano Ausenda, Contributing Editor

It’s 12 noon on a Wednesday at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus, and tons of students are entering and leaving Kessel cafeteria. Some jet off immediately after getting lunch to return to their dorms or the library, while others stay to converse and joke around with their friends or teammates.

Students have many options for food at the Kessel Cafe; ranging from freshly-grilled hamburgers to vegan food, from hot soups and chili to over a dozen types of pizza. And that’s not even mentioning the popular buffet, which has a menu that often changes from afternoon to evening. Lunch and dinner items in this buffet can include lemon-glazed chicken, Spanish rice, and stir-fried sausages with onions and green peppers, to name a few. Kessel’s food admittedly is not of the best quality, but that’s to be expected at most U.S. college campuses.

Three days pass, it’s now noon on Saturday at the Pleasantville campus, and the cafeteria is noticeably slower and emptier. One of the entrances to the cafeteria is closed, and there’s only one cashier working. Instead of having a bunch of culinary options to choose from, students’ choices are more limited. The burrito, Chinese buffet, and sushi stations are closed all day, the vegan food station is replaced by a salad station and the only thing served at the buffet until 2 p.m. is breakfast food: scrambled eggs, pork sausage patties, mini-waffles with powdered sugar, etc.

The cafeteria’s second entrance opens only when lunch food starts being served at the buffet. Even when lunch finally gets served, there are no corresponding labels for the food and the staff keeps out the ones from breakfast. So students could be looking at a tray full of roasted potatoes directly underneath a sign that reads “oatmeal.”

There are a few good reasons why the cafeteria operates like this on the weekends. For one thing, a good portion of  Pace’s student body either does not live on campus or go back home over the weekend, and a lot of the students that do stay on campus are either still sleeping at noon on Saturday or are barely awake. Thus, the cafeteria does not serve as many students and doesn’t have to open both entrances. This reduced student presence on campus during weekends could also contribute to why a lot of the food stations are closed.

According to a Kessel employee who wishes to remain anonymous, the cafeteria doesn’t open until 10 a.m. on the weekends, and the breakfast buffet lasts for four hours every day of the week. That’s why, according to them, the lunch service starts so late.

“I get [why the cafeteria does that on the weekends], but I feel like it’s not really fair to students who don’t want to have breakfast food that late in the day,” Mya Cosby, Pace senior said.

Wanting to offer Pace students as much time to eat breakfast as possible on the weekends is understandable. However, 2 p.m. is a little late in the day to start serving lunch, especially for students who don’t eat breakfast or don’t like Kessel’s breakfast foods. Maybe 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. would be a better time to start bringing lunch food out, giving more students a lot of time for breakfast and also ample time for lunch.