PHOTO EPIC - Café 91 Reopens

Group dines in Cafe 91

September 21, 2021 - 09:16 AM

Woman is served mealFollowing three semesters and 17 months of campus closure, Café 91, the student-run restaurant located in the first floor of Building 78, has reopened with a much more affordable menu. 

Café 91 is run by Culinary students, front of house and back,  for the advanced class: Culinary 91. 

Students working in the kitchen

One day, students may be on the grill, while the next they are putting the finishing touches on plates before they go out to the dining room. Note the photo reference of dishes supplied by Chef Shelley Doonan, the professor in charge of Café 91 this semester.

Student garnishes meal

student looks at photo reference of dish

The supervisors of the work experience class are  Lab Techs Marianne Lima and Margaret Speak. 

Lab Tech Margaret Speak demonstrates to a student

Chef Doonan Looks on as the Café 91 Signature Burger comes up, ready for its final touches. 

Chef Doonan looks on as student puts final touches on meal

As we mentioned, the menu is much more affordable. This mighty double burger, with a choice of house-made chips or side salad, will set you back $7. 

Cafe 91 signature burger with house-made chips

Not surprisingly, it's a hit with customers. 

Customer bites into the burger

Table seating is limited to 4 people per table. Plan for a leisurely lunch, as  service may take about an hour. 

Customer bites into the burger

Adding the cheese to the burger. The professional kitchen at Café 91 is the same as you might see at a popular sit down chain restaurant. 

Adding cheese to the burger

A lab technician inspects a dish

The Bahn Mi sandwich ($7) is another good choice for lunch. 

It's made with pork loin, sambal aioli, cucumber, and pickled vegetables. Your choice of chips or salad.




The Bahn Mi


The menu covers a variety of international dishes.

This is the Schnitzel, served over a bed of spätzle.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves here. The menu also has three starters to choose from: Cauliflower Tempura, Hummus Platter and Chicken Mulitas (each $5). 


The Mulitas being prepared. 

preparing the mulitas

After a filling lunch, you might need a little wake-me-up.

espresso pouring

And Café 91 has a full Espresso Bar, manned by students learning front of house duties. 

Student makes espresso

Customers being served by student

Culinary faculty believe that by gaining experience waiting on tables, busing, hosting etc., the future chefs they train will have valuable insight into how to best serve customers. 

New for this semester, and in consideration for COVID-19, Café 91 is offering takeout.

Student packages a takeout order

Students prepare a takeout orderThe host phone (909-274-6243) will be staffed Tues./Wed./Thurs. from 11:15am – 1:15pm to place same-day takeout orders. Payment is collected at time of pickup. Takeout orders may be eaten on the patio. 


Student delivers dishesCafé 91 is open for lunch Tues, Wed., and Thurs. 11:30am – 1:30pm. Reservations are required.  Visit their webpage to get your table


Your cash isn't good here: Credit/debit only (Visa, Mastercard, Discover). These students are training to be chefs and the logistics of cash-handling is not usually part of their profession. 

Students working the kitchen

Chef Doonan (middle) looks forward to seeing her students move on to chef at popular restaurants throughout Southern California.

Chef Doonan (m) with students

If interested in the Culinary Arts, be sure to check out their website.