Willamette University

A Day in the Life: The Bistro

Inside the Bistro

Photos and text by Frank Miller

From the silent pre-dawn preparation of the day's baked goodies to the thunder of a late-night punk show during Open Mic night, the Bistro is an irreplaceable part of Willamette life.

Opened in 1986 by students Eric Friedenwald-Fishman ‘88 and John Donovan ‘88, it has served Willamette with the caffeine and sugar so vital to a functioning university. Not only is it the social hub of Willamette life; it also provides its employees with experience operating a small business. So far, more than 200 students have worked behind its counter, taking care of everything from marketing to washing floors.