Final Bread Garden location now open

Update Nov. 13: The Bread Garden Cafe full-service location in the Main Entrance Lobby (Elevator E, Level 1) will be open for business on Saturday, Nov. 17. See full hours below.

Staff charge (payroll deduct) is still being installed, but it is not quite available. In the meantime, please continue to pay with cash, credit, or debit.

Staff charge allows you to pay using your ID badge and can also be used at all Food and Nutrition Services and Volunteer Services locations. If you’ve never used staff charge before, you must first set it up in Employee Self Service; under Payroll, click on Charging and Payroll Deduction.

Please help us welcome Bread Garden Café to UI Hospitals & Clinics in November! We are excited to bring Bread Garden’s high quality, homemade food and beverages from their local downtown Iowa City location to four locations throughout UI Hospitals & Clinics.

The locations and hours are:

  • Main Entrance (Elevator E, Level 1):
    • Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fountain Entrance Lobby, General Hospital (Elevator C, Level 1):
    • Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Pomerantz Family Pavilion (Elevator M, Level 1):
    • Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Gerdin Family Lobby (Level 1):
    • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to noon

We thank Java House for their high-quality service to our patients, families, and employees over the years. Java House will be open in the Main Entrance Lobby and Pomerantz Family Pavilion until end of day on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The General Hospital and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital locations will close at the end of the day Tuesday, Oct. 30. Java House will continue operating in the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building.

Menu items

In the three smaller kiosk locations, Bread Garden Café will offer bakery items and snacks such as doughnuts, scones, cookies, and muffins, as well as coffees, blended coffee drinks, and espresso drinks.

In the Main Entrance location, they will offer a larger selection, including grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, smoothies, hot soups, a hot food bar, gelato, and more baked goods.

In the meantime . . .

Don’t forget about our other coffee and food options:

Near Elevator C, Level 1:

  • Fountain Dining Room
    Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Weekends and holidays from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m
    Open for breakfast and lunch, including weekends
    Seattle’s Best coffee (flavored options) and Bruegger’s bagels (new!)
  • Compass Express
    6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Starbucks, iced coffee, and chai lattes
  • Marketplace – Fountain Lobby
    Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.; Weekends from 2 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
    Dinner and overnight hours

Volunteer Services Rooftop Café (Elevator D/F, Level 8)

  • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Local coffees and food selections

Café at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Gerdin Family Lobby (Level 1)

  • Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Seattle’s Best coffee and Bruegger’s bagels

Melrose Dining Room (Elevator L, Level 5)

  • Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Seattle’s Best coffee and Bruegger’s bagels

Here’s a map of our coffee stands


    • Diana, Yes! We will have Gluten Free cookies and granola bars. There will also be a gluten free/vegan brownie, along with a vegan Morning Glory muffin. As we expand the menu we can update you on more gluten free options. Thank you!

    • Hi Andy, we’ll be posting exact opening dates as soon as those are finalized. So stay tuned!

  1. I would like to request in advance that they put a small assortment of soups and other lunch items at the Pomerantz location (like Jave House currently does) for those of us who only have 30 minutes to get our food and eat. The trek to the main entrance location and back, plus wait time in line often proves too long and leaves no time to eat the food. Thanks for considering!

    • I completely agree with Lynn. Many of us that work in the Pomerantz building do not have time to walk way over to main entrance. Bread Garden most definitely would make money by offering soup, salads, and sandwiches at the Pomerantz location.

    • Having soup and lunch items at the Pomerantz Kiosk would be a great staff and Patient benefit, especially our Eye and Cancer center patients that have difficulty traveling to the main hospital. Thanks.

    • Near Elevator C, Level 1, right next to the Fountain Dining Room, across the hall from the GH Pharmacy

  2. It would be really nice if they had late night hours (at least at one kiosk location) for everyone who works night shift. They would definitely be profitable staying open later into the night.

  3. Is it possible the UIHC could actually lose money on this deal? Eg. what happens if BG’s sales only hit 80% of what Java does?

    • All UIHC bidding processes and University bids have and open records process given these are State of Iowa Bids.

    • Good question! I’ve added that above, but Bread Garden hours will be:
      Main Entrance Lobby:
      Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      Fountain Entrance Lobby:
      Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      Pomerantz Family Pavilion:
      Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to noon

      24/7, you can always find coffee and food at a Food and Nutrition Services location; the Marketplace (Fountain Entrance Lobby) is open during overnight hours.

  4. I am glad you are offering vegan brownies and morning glory muffin!! Also hopefully you will offer more vegan options for food like soups, salads, sandwiches and also in the hot food bar. I am so glad you have more vegan options than Java House! Thanks for being more inclusive!

  5. I went to the bread garden near Fountain Entrance to get a Vietnamese iced coffee and was disappointed. It tasted like water with a splash of coffee. Please tell Bread Garden’s staff that their Vietnamese Iced coffee is NOT good and they should try to fix it.

    • AGREE!!! Don’t sell a specialty, traditional coffee that taste nothing like it’s supposed to. It’s supposed to be a mix of coffee and condensed milk.

  6. Please bring Java House back!!. Bread Garden coffee is tasteless and watered down. Perhaps next time, before making a change, the administration may actually consider talking to the employees and seek their input.

    • Agreed, the ice coffee is not ice coffee, more like warm sweet tea. You pay for premium coffee you have to pour yourself. They made me feel stupid for not knowing which coffee was the dark roast. Also the few times I have been there they did not have 1/2 and 1/2 and the creamers were not labeled (I think one was 2% and one was skim milk).

      • I agree. It’s just as if not more expensive than Java House, for an inferior product. They only have 8 oz and 16 oz cups, they do not have 12 oz cups. Additionally, they do not offer a discount if have your own travel mug. Java House did that.

  7. Any idea when staff charge will be an option? This is getting frustrating having to go all the way upstairs in pomerantz to just grab a cup of coffee. I think the location would have more traffic if that was available.

  8. When are we going to be able to use our staff charges? I tried to buy a cup of coffee today, but was unable. I would like to support the Bread Garden, I was under the impression from the postings you would be accepting staff charges this week.

  9. It has come to my attention that the PFP Bread Garden has been charging 7% tax. Is there a new sales tax in effect?

  10. Everything I have had coffee/tea has been extremely disapointing and basically tasteless unless you want to spend 11$ to make is have flavor. There are few options for premade drinks other than black coffee and the rest you have to pick out and pay extra for every single flavor or milk you want in it. One cup of coffee with two flavors was 4.98 seems steep to me, at least java house tasted good and I always enjoyed the experience of drinking the coffee. Bread garden is not well versed in the coffee game.

  11. When will they be open at night for night shift? Yes, I saw the comment about offerings at the Compass . . . that really isn’t a comparison. There are lots of staff and visitors here in the off hours, and the night choices in the cafeteria are extremely limited.

  12. Went to get coffee at 6:50 this morning, told they were opening at 7 due to “getting a late start” that’s the second time this has happened. No discounts for commuter mugs, no badge readers for employees, I was charged 3 different prices on 3 different days for the exact same order, not many options for drinks, and by 12:50 the cooler and pastry case had only a couple items left which means the afternoon snack people will be disappointed and hungry. Staff means well and are very nice but I feel they were not properly trained or prepared to deal with such high volume and also being able to answer the questions asked of them. Employees and patients were already upset about Java House leaving, Bread Garden has done nothing to try to ease the transition or to keep customers, maybe it’s because they’re here now and there’s nothing we can do about it

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