Harvard says Saloniki, Blackbird Donuts will open in campus center this fall

Au Bon Pain used to be on the first floor of the Smith Campus Center.

The German chocolate cake doughnut at Blackbird Doughnuts.
The German chocolate cake doughnut at Blackbird Doughnuts. –Blackbird Doughnuts

More coffee, doughnuts, and Greek food will be coming to Harvard Square this fall.

The Harvard Gazette reports that Pavement Coffee, Blackbird Donuts, and Saloniki will be among the businesses given space on the first floor of the renovated Smith Campus Center this fall.

According to the news site for the Harvard’s public affairs and communications office, Bon Me, Swissbäkers, Whole Heart Provisions, and Oggi Gourmet will also open for business early this fall in the building.

“When we were developing the food program for the Smith Campus Center we sought to engage and work with food operators who were excited by the idea of partnering with Harvard in a way that was more than just signing a lease,” Meredith Weenick, vice president for campus services, told the Gazette. “The selected vendors are as committed as we are to the bigger picture, and their goals align with ours — goals of being sustainable, welcoming, and an integral part of the wider Harvard community.”

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The university says there will be 800 indoor and outdoor seats for visitors to the new space, which was previously was anchored by the Au Bon Pain of “Good Will Hunting” fame.

Eric Papachristos, CEO and co-owner of Saloniki, told the Gazette he thinks the fast-casual Greek restaurant will be a “great addition” to Harvard Square.

“We’re excited to be part of the Harvard community and Harvard Square as a whole,” he said. “We feel the diversity of the neighborhood, young and old, residents and tourists, students and professors … it’s the perfect cross-section of what is going on in today’s world — and we are honored to be able to feed this community.”

Andrew LoPilato, director of operations at Pavement Coffee, said the business with six locations across Boston will be in both the front lobby of the student center and on the second floor.

“We are very excited to be bringing coffee and bagels to Harvard Square,” he wrote in an email to Boston.com.

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