Richmond (Engineering 2) Cafe Closing!



Hey guys,

If you don't know already, the cafe in Richmond (Old Engineering 2) is being closed down by the University! This is due to it not fitting in with the University's financial plan of taking control of all the cafes around campus to make money from them. Therefore, any cafe that is independent, such as the Coffee Workshop Cafe in Richmond, is being shut down because if it remains open it will be "stealing" the University's customers!

I happen to know that the Coffee Workshop Cafe provides many of the staff and students of not only the Engineering Dept, but all its other visitors with brilliant freshly made sandwiches, cakes and the most amazing crepes and galettes! Also it serves the best coffee on campus, freshly ground from beans roasted locally by Red Roaster. It’s not just the food that makes this cafe special, it’s also the character, which if you ask me the new cafe in Arts has a severe lack of!

I urge you to at least pay a visit to this wonderful cafe and try one of the awesome galettes (cheddar, chorizo, onion and garlic being my favourite!) before it is forced out. Also, if you have any ideas on how to save this little gem, I'm sure the owners Arnold and Judy will be happy to hear your thoughts.



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Are you involved with the Stop the Cuts campaign? One of the many thing we're fighting is the closure of all these independent cafes! Our next rally is on Monday, and we'll have 'mini-meetings' afterwards for various sections of the campaign. We could definitely have one for the Richmond cafe and/or the other cafes that are due to close if management has their way. Bring a banner! I'll be taking photos at the rally. :)

By Tabitha on Monday, February 1, 2010

That's terrible news. It's by far the nicest cafe on campus - a hidden gem.

It's funny that when it comes to the creche privatisation is the obvious answer, but anything other than centrally controlled catering is seen as a threat. I suppose it all comes down to short(ish) term profitability.

Why is it being closed? Is the university just not renewing whatever agreement they have with the owners?

By Nick on Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The university will not renew their contract, so when it finishes they will have to leave! Instead they want to provide the engineering dept with a lovely set of vending machines! Which will probably serve them watery instant coffee and sandwiches with far too much mayo (this is what they gave to life sciences when they shut down their cafe!)!

By Tom on Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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