Ike’s places bid on Lathrop Library cafe space

Oct. 14, 2014, 8:58 p.m.

In a public tweet earlier this week, Ike Shehadeh, owner of sandwich franchise Ike’s, announced that he had placed a bid for his eatery on the Lathrop Library cafe space.

“I’d like to be on campus again,” Shehadeh said. “The students showed their support.”

The cafe space is in the basement of the library, and according to Shehadeh, one of the challenges that other bidders may find with the space is its lack of ventilation, as businesses that may plan to be there will be restricted from cooking. However, Shehadeh doesn’t expect that his sandwich business will be impacted because the equipment his business uses on a day-to-day basis, including the sandwich oven, doesn’t require open air.

“I can make most of my sandwiches there,” Shehadeh said. “I won’t be able to make some of them but I’ll be able to make most of them, maybe 90 percent of them.”

Ike’s Sandwiches had previously been on campus in Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center before closing earlier this year in June to be replaced by Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE)-owned Forbes Family Cafe.

This article will be updated.

Catherine Zaw was formerly the Managing Editor of News for Vol. 245 and Vol. 246. To contact her, please email [email protected].

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