The food service space in the recently closed Canoe restaurant has been opened up for student use this fall as a temporary lounge and study space. The lounge area will be accessible while the Student Union Building (SUB) is open, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., for general use.
According to Student Union Society (SUS) president Gurvir Gill, the area on the second floor of the SUB will remain mostly unchanged. The tables and chairs are there for anyone to use as a study or leisure space, and SUS has brought in a microwave and some board games for public use.
There have been discussions about bringing movie nights for students to the space, but there are no official plans for implementing this activity.
“SUS will be doing some programming throughout the year as it goes,” Gill said in an email.
According to Gill, there have not been many expenses associated with repurposing the restaurant space.
Gill said after the closure in September that SUS was in the process of reaching agreements with external stakeholders to launch a new franchise on campus, and no further updates have been announced. This amenity would serve as a food and beverage station in place of the Canoe restaurant.
“We have and will continue to do everything in our power to bring cost-effective food service back into our space,” Gurvir noted in the press release.