By LIZ MOORE, Ranger Reporter:
Voted America’s Best Coffeehouse 2013-14, Palace Coffee will partner with Amarillo College to provide an on-campus coffee shop for students on the Washington Street Campus.
At the October 25 meeting, AC’s Board of Regents voted for the locally owned and operated coffee shop to establish their presence on campus. After some renovations, the vice president of business affairs Steve Smith expects the coffee shop to be fully operational no later than the start of the 2017 fall semester in the Badger Den.
“We had some great proposals from local coffee vendors,” Smith said. “When we considered the economics of the proposals and read the visions to create a space for our students and staff to meet, study and collaborate, we knew that Palace Coffee was the right choice and would be a great partner.”
Patrick Burns, owner and founder of Palace Coffee, said he looks forward to providing a gathering place for the AC community, stating that after renovations, the coffee shop on campus will look and feel like their other locations in Canyon, Downtown, and in the Summit Shopping Center.
“It has always been a focus of ours to create spaces for community,” Burns said. “Our new location at Amarillo College will be no different. As we look at our partnership, we feel a commonality with AC.”
Read more about the coffee house and campus coffee addiction in The Ranger on newsstands Thursday, November 3.