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Why are Dine-In Dollars not allowed before 2:00 p.m. at Littlefield Patio Cafe?
Before there was Littlefield Patio Cafe, there was the Alpine Bagel Company. Alpine originally invested $1,000,000 in the production of its facilities in February 2004 with the goal to provide its services to students, faculty and staff at UT. Within a year, however, the company was struggling to make ends meet and abandoned the infrastructure, leaving it to the university to take over Alpine's investment.
The university decided to turn the building into Littlefield Patio Cafe in January 2005. Now the only problem was how to maintain it. There was no budget available to pay for Alpine's investment, food and supplies, workers, and utilities, because fees collected through Dine-in Dollars were already allocated to support existing operations, the funds were not sufficient for the university to pay for these extra expenses. To make LPC financially sustainable, it was necessary for the bulk of its revenues to come in the form of cash. More importantly, it would keep Littlefield Patio Cafe an open option for all Longhorns to utilize.
Due to this practice, Littlefield Patio Cafe generated excess monies after several years, which allowed the cafe to stay open later in the evening, and beginning at 2:00pm resident students could use Dine-in Dollars. Without implementing that practice, faculty and staff would be driven away from the services, which would result in the cafe's closure.
In summary, Littlefield Patio Cafe only accepts cash, Bevo Bucks, credit, or debit cards from 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in order for the building to continue as a viable operation and to provide its campus-enhancing services to students, faculty, and staff. The money generated before 2:00 p.m. helps support the costs of the cafe after Dine-In Dollars are accepted.