Catalina Munoz/ Contributing writer
In less than a month, The Frost Art Museum will open Vicky Café, a place for students to dine and relax after class and during the weekends.
Provided to the University by the Frost Art Museum Student Organization Committee, the café will host events such as Trivia Tuesdays, Salsa Fridays, video game tournaments and competitions for the students.
In addition, the café will also offer a new feature, the first one in Miami: a café serving local beer and wine for students 21 and over, in addition to a nightly menu, and healthy food options for the students.
“As a student living on campus, I love the idea of having something open during the weekends, and later on at night as well. A place to hang out and relax from school work with a beer in hand, sounds amazing,” said FIU Student Jaime Sanchez.
This space at the museum, offering a view of the lake and fountain, had previously been called the “café space” and was usually rented out for events.
FAMSA’s goal was to get more students into the museum: “We noticed that the student population in the museum wasn’t very strong, we wanted to make an event for students to come and feel comfy.”
“Cafécito and Chill” was the answer. With students filling the room, this event on Aug. 24 was an introduction to the café opening in September. Coffee, pastries and a “chill” area for everyone who came was provided with no cost.
Students were also given crayons, markers and coloring materials to set a light atmosphere to relax and have fun.
Vicky Bakery, who provided the coffee and pastries during this event, collaborated with FAMSA to make this possible for the students.
Opened in the 1970’s, Vicky Bakery was founded by two Cuban refugees who had a passion for baking. The idea of this café, an extension of Vicky Bakery, is to provide a creative environment for students to celebrate real Miami culture in an artistic atmosphere.
“We want something that will feel like home, we want to do this for the students,” said David Alexander P., from Vicky Bakery’s management.