New Cafe Opens at RCBC’s Mt. Laurel Campus

TOWNSHIP OF MOUNT LAUREL — A Different Kind of Cafe held its grand opening Tuesday inside the Rowan College Student Success Center at Burlington County’s Mt. Laurel campus, the college said in a press release.

It’s because when Saxby’s sets up in a college setting, it operates using what it calls an experiential learning platform model, which means a student is chosen as the on-site CEO, according to the press release.

Owen Taylor, an RCBC student majoring in the college’s 3+1 business administration program, has been chosen as RCBC Saxby’s first CEO, the press release said. He’s responsible for everything onsite — from buying supplies to managing the financial books to choosing which of his classmates take on the additional role of employee, the press release continues.

Simultaneously, the employees he chooses gain real-world experience that can help them decide if a restaurant career is right for them, according to Taylor.

“It gives us the opportunity to make mistakes, grow and learn together in a work environment,” he said.

Although the college said Saxby’s applied this business model to other colleges and universities– St. Joseph’s University, Rider University and Rowan College of Business, to name a few – the RCBC site marks the first time a community college has opened a Saxby’s, according to RCBC President Michael A. Cioce.

“Aramark was our coffee business partner,” he told Patch. When that business pulled out during the pandemic, he said he went looking for a partner and found Saxby’s.

“I found these amazing people who do this [kind of program] in the university space and we scrambled” to make this possible, Cioce said.

RCBC Saxby is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., depending on the college.

Irene B. Bowles