Sufficient Grounds Coffeehouse Re-Opens to Public

Sufficient Grounds reopened late August for service to Bethel College and the general public in a new location on the West corner of the College Square shopping strip on McKinley Avenue.

The coffeehouse, owned by Bethel College, doubled in size and, under the operation of Sodexho, provides a variety of new services.  The staff now works with a larger kitchen, an office and a semi-circle serving area.  Along with the larger size, Sufficient Grounds offers two medium conference rooms and one large conference room with a TV projector.  The conference rooms may be reserved for purposes such as study groups, meetings, Bible studies, or game night.  The dining area holds two corners of couches, a handful of tables/chairs, books, games and two computers with internet access.

Customers can enjoy a variety of meal and drink options including pizza, sandwiches, soups, fruit smoothies, coffee drinks and soda.  Sufficient Grounds also offers weekend entertainment on occasion.  Open Mic night occurs on Thursdays and a variety of bands will play on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Diastolic is playing September 15 at 8 p.m. and on September 16 at 8 p.m. Mike Lee with Luke Sefton will perform.  

"We have more variety of food with better quality," says Jason Palmer, an employee of Sodexho and Sufficient Grounds.  One of Palmer's favorite drinks is the bodine including espresso, milk, ice cream, and cookies.  Mary Erdel, a sophomore at Bethel and employee of Sufficient Grounds, enjoys the new setup because "the system is more efficient and we can serve people faster."  

The coffeehouse is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. through 11 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. through 11 p.m. Saturday.  

To contact Sufficient Grounds call 574-807-7268 and ask for managers Sherri Hess.  

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 1,960 includes students from 34 states, 17 countries, more than 25 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four satellite locations, as well as its Elkhart campus. The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.