Although Outtahere, the new cafe, has only been open for two weeks, manager Steve Karuntzos said there have been “plenty of compliments” because of the all-day breakfast. He added that “feedback is amazing, and there is more to come.” Outtahere is the all organic café that occupies the space that was previously held by Jamba Juice. Holly Winslow, the director of Bon Appetit Services at USF, conceptualized the idea, and the cafe is managed by Karuntzos, the manager of Outtakes. According to Winslow, Bon Appetit did not renew Jamba Juice’s contract because they wanted to make smoothies that came from fresh fruits instead of the frozen fruit smoothies that Jamba Juice sold. Winslow said, “Nutritional content from our fresh fruit smoothies is way better than the nutritional content from Jamba Juice.”
Winslow has a two fold vision for Outtahere. It is a café that is open late and also one that serves organic food. Winslow said, “It’s convenient for students who are studying late into the night, and for students who are coming late.” The café incorporates breakfast all day seven days a week, late night dining, and a convenience store. Winslow adds that there will be a twist on breakfast, such as burger breakfast, which is an English muffin with fried egg, bacon and avocado. Winslow said she went to the student senate, conducted a survey on what students wanted from their dining experiences and received 800 responses. From these responses, she created a café that incorporated what the students wanted.
“My favorite aspect [of Outtahere], is the whole thing,” said Winslow. She said, “The products are 100% natural and our items you won’t get at Market, Outtakes, the law school and Club Ed.” She also added that she felt she listened to her customers, the student body, and responded accordingly.
Sophomore Kaity Hayashi said, “I really like how things are so much healthier and organic, and there is so much variety. So it’s really cool to come here and always have something to eat.” When asked if she misses Jamba Juice, she said “Not really. I worked at Jamba Juice for a long time. A lot of us never came in here anyways-now that this happens, a lot of my friends come here all the time.”
Kirsten Irvin, a graduate student in the MBA program, said that she finds Outtahere different from the other cafes on campus because it is “unique and trendy. I’m glad that it’s here.”
Outtahere is operating under a soft opening while they make minor adjustments to best suit students. Karuntzos worked until 2:00 in the morning and received a lot of feedback on what the students like and what they don’t like. He said “Even our shelves are natural products, they are made from bamboo.”
The grand opening for Outtahere will be in two weeks, and Winslow plans on serving free breakfast all day in the hallway of UC 100.