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Dining Hours

  • Marketplace Café in Atherton Union
    7:00 AM–8:00 PM

Dining with Bon Appétit Management Company

Who We Are

We are an on-site restaurant company offering full food-service management to corporations, universities, museums, and specialty venues. Based in Palo Alto, CA, we operate more than 1,000 cafés in 33 states for dozens of marquee clients.

Our food is cooked from scratch, including sauces, stocks, and soups. (Salsa, too!) A pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, we've developed programs addressing local purchasing, overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, the food-climate change connection, humanely raised meat and eggs, and farmworkers' rights. We're grateful to have been recognized by many leading foundations, nonprofits, and industry associations for our work.

This mission statement, called The Dream and written by our CEO and cofounder Fedele Bauccio, has been Bon Appétit's guiding philosophy since we were founded in 1987:

Our Dream is to be the premier onsite restaurant company known for its culinary expertise and commitment to socially responsible practices. We are a culture driven to create food that is alive with flavor and nutrition, prepared from scratch using authentic ingredients. We do this in a socially responsible manner for the well-being of our guests, communities, and the environment.

Our Standards

We give our chefs tremendous freedom to create the menus that are right for their guests, but we have a long list of standards that their ingredients must meet. For example: Our ground beef comes from ranches whose animal welfare practices have been verified by a third party as humane (or else from a small local producer registered through our Farm to Fork program). Wild salmon, not the farmed kind. No trans fats; no MSG. Oh, and no shortcuts!

Our Approach

We work for you.

We make a lot of cookies (from scratch), but we are most definitely NOT a cookie-cutter company. Our business is built on partnerships with our clients, and every single one of them is different. In collaboration, we create experiences that bring people together around food.

We partner with corporations both cutting-edge and established, top-tier research universities and small liberal arts colleges, world-class museums, and specialty venues, to create custom food programs tailored to their needs. You won't find the same chili recipe in the same two Bon Appétit cafés. (The University of Pennsylvania has a killer vegan version!) And good luck locating Indian food as authentic as what our eBay and Google guests enjoy at our cafés at any other workplace.

There are a few common elements to our hundreds of locations. We provide responsive service; fantastic, from-scratch food; and responsible sourcing practices. Shoulder to shoulder at the table with our clients, we help companies create great places to work, with healthy and productive employees. We help universities make the grade when it comes to attracting students. We aim to extend the museum experience into an artfully curated lunch or dinner.

Wellness with Bon Appétit

At Bon Appétit, we take a macro view of wellness, believing that our guests' well-being depends on not just a few healthy menu choices, but ones that also contribute to a healthy environment and community. Some of our guests are extremely well-informed about what dietary choices work best for them. Others need help navigating the many options available to them daily in our cafés. We have well-trained chefs and dieticians that are ready to help, as well as a set of easy to read icons on our menus that help our guests navigate our food program.

We've Got You: Meeting Individual Dietary Needs

Have specific dietary restrictions or preferences? In our kitchens we cook from scratch, so we can be nimble and flex to meet your specific needs without being boring.

  • Our scratch-based cooking system means we have control over ingredients
  • We offer robust vegan and vegetarian options, as well as ones made without gluten-containing ingredients.
  • Our rigorous protocol for handling various food allergens is in line with FARE recommendations for restaurants.

We can also help you manage your diet on an individual basis. Please speak to your onsuite café manager anytime about your needs.

Butler Dining 2019–2020

All students living in a Butler University Residence Hall are enrolled in a Residence Dining Meal Plan. Students have the option of enrolling in either of the Resident Dining Plans offered each semester. The Resident Dining Plans include meal swipes as well as Flex Dollars that can be utilized at retail locations. A meal or card swipe ("swipe") is an all-you-care-to-eat (AYCTE) meal at the Atherton Union Marketplace Café during normal operating hours. Flex Dollars can be used at any of the retail locations including Starbucks, Plum Market at C-Club, C-store in Apartment Village, HRC, and ResCo. Meal swipes are deposited onto cards at the start of each semester and do not roll over from semester to semester. You may also add Dawg Buck funds to your account if you run low.

The Community Block Plans allow for the swipe to be used at any meal at the Atherton Union Marketplace Café. Meal swipes may also be used as a "combo package" at retail locations. More information on Butler Dining is available at

Resident Dining Plans (Required for Irvington, Fairview, Ross and Residential College)

300 Block Plan + $400 Flex Dollars $3,625 $7,250 per academic year
250 Block Plan + $600 Flex Dollars $3,625 $7,250 per academic year

Community Dining Plans (Voluntary)

115 Block Plan + $600 Flex Dollars $2,150 $4,300 per academic year
50 Block Plan + $300 Flex Dollars $985 $1,970 per academic year
25 Block Plan + $250 Flex Dollars $610 $1,220 per academic year

Flex Dollars

Flex Dollars can be used in the Atherton Marketplace, Starbucks, Plum Market, Convenience Store, HRC, and ResCo. Students may dine, purchase items to go, or just grab a cup of coffee. Unspent Flex Dollars DO NOT rollover from Semester to Semester. Flex dollars are not refundable.

Dawg Bucks

Dawg Bucks is a declining balance account that is linked to your ID card and enables you to use your ID card to pay for on-campus meals/food. There also may be the opportunity to use Dawg bucks at local restaurant partnerships. Dawg bucks can be added to your account throughout the semester.

Unused Dawg Bucks balances roll over from year-to-year. Unspent balances less than $25 at withdrawal or graduation will be forfeited. Refunds of balances greater than $25 will be issued if requested in writing within 90 days after withdrawal or graduation from Butler University. All refund requests are subject to a $25 administrative fee. Balances remaining past 90 days after separation will be forfeited.

Meal Plan Calendar

  • All meal plans will begin service with breakfast on the first day of classes for the Fall Semester and end with lunch service on the last day of finals.
  • All second semester meal plans begin with breakfast on the first day of classes and end with lunch service on the last day of finals.
  • Meal plan swipes will not be available during Thanksgiving break, holidays, winter break, or spring break.

A Snapshot of Your Butler Dining Experience with Bon Appétit Opening May 2019

At the Marketplace Dining Hall at Atherton Union you will enjoy a dynamic all-you-care-to-eat dining experience infused with the energy and excitement of a retail experience. Live action station concepts will emphasize locally sourced Indiana ingredients prepared with a global outlook. Bon Appétit's culinary standards ensure everything is cooked from scratch in house and prepared in small batches to ensure the highest quality.

We are exploring a partnership with local Chef Neal Brown for a fun concept at ResCo. Neal Brown is one of the top chefs of the Midwest. His 20+ years of restaurant experience has earned him local and national attention. He has been awarded Indianapolis Business Journal's prestigious "Forty Under 40" award and has been nominated two times for the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Midwest Region. We are excited to transform this space into a unique restaurant experience with the ability for you to relax and enjoy some of the best pizza Indy has to offer!

Another exciting transformation is coming to Atherton's lower level which will be turning into Plum Market Kitchens at C-Club. This creative, fresh market will offer selections of fresh, on-trend foods and can't-live-without sundries. With a focus on the very best selections of natural, organic, local, and specialty items and a full-service shopping experience you will always find what they're looking for at Plum.

With the completion of the new Lacy School of Business, a sleek new coffee spot will be popping up inside. The café will feature local Julian Roasters coffee, Illinois Street Emporium pastries, and breakfast sandwiches made fresh and ready to order for quick service for your busy day. You could also be part of the process to help name the new Café!

Regardless where you live on campus, there will always be opportunities to find fresh, local, nutritious, and delicious food on campus! We can't wait to start serving the Butler community May 2019!

More Information

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