Plan for Springfield transportation center leaves out cafe

A staffed cafe is no longer part of the initial plan when the Sangamon Mass Transit District moves its fleet to “The Hub” next summer.

Originally, a grab-and-go cafe was planned for the first phase of the new $86 million Springfield-Sangamon County Transportation Center that broke ground in October. But now the Cafe Advisory Committee has shifted its search to a vending machine operator.

“After a lot of discussion with the committee and restaurant professionals it was concluded that with just the east side (of the two phase project) opening with nothing else around it that it’d be difficult to support any staffed operation,” SMTD managing director Steve Schoeffel said.

“The idea now is to start with vending options and, when the other side is finished, we add the cafe component. We’re trying to give ourselves some flexibility.”

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