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Stanford Report, August 9, 2000

Poli Sci Café reborn as Beckman Bistro

Yearning for a Hobbes' Leviathan sandwich? Miss munching on a Rousseau's Veggie? You're in luck. The old Political Science Café, long the hangout of philosophers, journalists and academics, has been reborn as the Beckman Bistro.

On July 28, the café closed its doors as Building 160, the home of the Political Science Department, prepared to close for seismic reinforcement and renovation, says Phyllis Russo, an administrative assistant. The building will become the home of the Wallenberg Global Learning Center. Political Science's new home is on the third and fourth floors of Encina West.

Linda Minister, who managed what was known as the Poli Sci Café for 11 years, has taken over an existing business in the basement of the Beckman Center near the medical school. "All the sandwiches are the same as at Poli Sci, except for the names," says Minister. Instead of the Leviathan, customers will find the Beckman, and the Stanford Veggie has taken the place of Rousseau's confection. These sandwiches will be made fresh daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Minister says. Refrigerated sandwiches will be sold during opening hours, Monday to Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Fridays until 2:30 p.m. Hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, soup, chili and barbecued meat also will be served on specific weekdays.

Minister says she misses the old café but wants to make her new venture a success. "I really enjoyed being at Poli Sci," she says. "I was smack in the middle of campus. It's not quite as busy here, but it's picking up." One loyal customer already has made the trek across campus to buy a favorite sandwich. SR