Canadian college to open 24-hour dining hall

Simon Fraser University hopes to open the new space, which would be open to students and the community, by 2017.

BURNABY, B.C., Canada—SFU Dining Services is exploring the possibility of a new dining venue in University on Burnaby campus, and has been asking students via Twitter and Facebook to complete a survey as to what they would like to see.

The vision for this space is similar to that of the residence Dining Hall, the only 24/7 university dining service in Canada. It would be open 24 hours a day and provide not only students, but the Burnaby Mountain community, with a place to eat, study, and interact socially.

Once public interest and demand has been gauged, a proposal will be put forward to the university for a new dining venue at Cornerstone’s Centre Block, right across from Nesters. If accepted, Dining Services would like to implement this plan by 2017.

Ancillary Services’ executive director, Mark McLaughlin, gave The Peak the scoop on all that the near future holds for dining on the Burnaby campus, starting with a centrally located Jugo Juice to open this September.

There are currently 3,500 residents on campus and that figure is expected to increase to 10,000 in the long-term. McLaughlin explained that as the SFU population grows, its dining services will need to grow as well.

The next change that the SFU community can expect is a new food court at Discovery 1. This extension is expected to open January, 2015. Both this location and the potential space in University would be rolled into SFU’s meal plan, which serves students in residence and even some commuters.

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