By Nora Kirkham ’16
It’s half past three on a humid Wednesday afternoon in the reference room of the Jenks Library. Students and faculty alike have retreated indoors from the ninety-degree heat and are standing in a crowd among tables of cold drinks and deserts. While the Jenks Reference Room is known for being a favorite study spot among Gordon students, there is a different mood filling the room—a hum of anticipation, excitement and chatter. Acoustic music from a Gordon-based band, Cub Scouts, plays in the background. On the wall, a gleaming logo reveals why we’ve all gathered here: The grand opening of Jenks’ new café, Bistro Two Fifty-five.
The Bistro, which takes its name from the College’s address, first began service in a “soft launch” phase on Tuesday, September 3. With a modern coffeeshop feel, Two Fifty-five’s café stools and broad tables provide an ideal for setting meetings and study groups. Its menu features a variety of food options including soups, baked goods, sandwiches and salads. Of course, there are all kinds of fair trade coffee and tea, from hand-packed espresso to frothy chai lattes. The Bistro’s food and drink offerings also happen to be very good. (As a student and regular consumer of café drinks, I know this for a fact.) It has rapidly become the place for students who need a caffeine boost or snack before heading to class.
Designed to be a place of community, fellowship and learning, Bistro Two Fifty-five has been a warmly welcomed addition to the Jenks Library. At the Bistro’s opening, President D. Michael Lindsay explained, “Learning happens in community fostered by sharing a cup of coffee.” Students no longer have to trek from Lane Student Center to Jenks if they want to enjoy a coffee while completing homework. Virtually any Gordon student on campus will tell you that the Bistro’s existence has made life as a student that much easier.
Bistro Two Fifty-five is a testament to the collaborative efforts of the student body and library faculty. Gordon College Student Association President Branden Figueroa ’14 was a key player in seeing the student body’s desires for a café fulfilled, and he submitted plans for the venue to President and Cabinet.
Student response to the new café has been incredible. This year, the Bistro received a tremendous amount of applicants seeking to work as baristas. Those who do work at the Bistro have said they enjoy their new job and its close proximity to classrooms.
As this academic year progresses, Bistro Two Fifty-five will no doubt continue to be a hot spot on campus for learning and fellowship. In this place between stacks of books and cappuccinos, we’re finding one more thing to love about Gordon.
Photo (left to right): Ribbon cutting with Director of Library Services Dr. Myron Schirer-Suter, GCSA's 2012–2013 president, Ben Wright ’13, current GCSA President Branden Figueroa, and Gordon College President D. Michael Lindsay.
Nora Kirkham ’16 is a sophomore history major at Gordon and a writer in the Office of College Communications.