Hospitality Hall’s Rebel Grounds Has Room to Grow

By Emily Jurbala | January 28th, 2018

The official, long-awaited opening of William F. Harrah College of Hospitality has finally come, with promises of state-of-the-art everything waiting behind the doors. On Jan. 25, excited students, staff and Las Vegas residents took a walk-through the four-story building complete with high tech classrooms, a student-run cafe, a PGA Golf Management center and beautiful terraces overlooking the campus and the Strip.


Dean of the hospitality college, Stowe Shoemaker, explained that the hospitality industry is a lifestyle, and with the new building, they “wanted to create an environment where students would get an understanding of what it’s like to be in hospitality.”


Hospitality majors are excited to have a space of their own. Junior Nylah Davis said finally having a building dedicated to hospitality students felt like, “living off of somebody’s couch forever, and then finally getting your own room.”


With the grand opening of Hospitality Hall came the grand opening of Rebel Grounds, the student-run cafe inside the Hall. After a tour through the state-of-the-art building, guests were urged to enjoy snacks off the tasting menu from Rebel Grounds. The cafe offers every beverage a traditional coffee shop would, with some snacks and sandwiches that are far from ordinary.



3 out of 5 stars


From the Rebel Grounds food items, their winter salad and peanut butter and jelly cookie stood out in the mix. The salad was refreshing, made from romaine lettuce, pomegranate seeds, radishes and pickled red onions that successfully played with sweet and bitter flavors to make a tasty lunch option for anyone on the go.


As a sweet snack, their peanut butter and jelly cookie was good, but nothing more than that. The cookie itself was a squishy peanut butter cookie, but it was burned slightly on the bottom. The “jelly” was actually an orange-flavored marmalade of sorts, which was unexpected, but not exciting.



2 out of 5 stars


Their cold brew was mild and earthy and would be okay with cream and sugar, but definitely not memorable. It was a cup of coffee that I would drink, but not necessarily seek out.


Their vanilla latte carried the same lack of flavor. It was a remarkably bitter cup that felt light in weight. After a peak under the lid, it was extremely apparent that most of the cup was filled with foam rather than espresso, which was slightly disappointing as well.



Hospitality Hall includes state-of-the-art classrooms, a PGA Golf Management center, a full kitchen and beautiful terraces that look over the campus and the Strip. Photo by: Emily Jurbala

1 out of 5 stars


For a cafe run by students for students, the prices at Rebel Grounds has set are far from reasonable. A small vanilla latte and a cookie that was average in size cost $7. In addition to that, the cafe does not yet take Dining Dollars or Rebel Cash, which is pretty inconvenient for any students who live on campus or were looking for something new to spend their Rebel Cash on.



4 out of 5 stars


Rebel Grounds, the new student-operated cafe in Hospitality Hall, features hip menu items and modern decor to match the hall’s aesthetic. Photo by: Emily Jurbala

The inside of the cafe is definitely just as aesthetically pleasing as the rest of Hospitality Hall. Edison bulbs illuminate the open and inviting space making it a great place to meet with friends. The coffee shop is small, but they have used their space wisely. As for a study spot, this place may not be the best as it is a little noisey for people who like to read in quiet spaces.


Overall Experience:

2.5 out of 5 stars


While it is to be expected that new businesses still need to work out a few kinks, service at the cafe was pretty slow, even when there were not many customers. They do, however, use compostable cups which is a win all around. The coffee may not be great, but at least you know you are saving the environment when you throw out your cup. I am looking forward to seeing what Rebel Grounds can produce with a few more weeks of experience under their belt.

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