"Steam Café at MIT is a spatial experiment, both physical and virtual, that serves up great food and community interaction. The café arose as a collaborative venture of students from the School of Architecture and Planning in partnership with MIT Dining and the Sodexho Corporation. Steam uses "open source" problem solving to bring people together to discuss and improve the venture – an ongoing creation of food and space that reflects and inspires a community."
Steam Café is designed to provide a space for interaction, work, informal learning, and, of course, food. I hope that other institutions follow MIT's example.
Thanks to Steve Cavrak of the University of Vermont for telling me about Steam.