Subway and Tim Hortons to replace Grand River Hospital’s cafeteria

Top cafeteria issues included early closing hours and cash-only payments.

Oct. 10—Grand River Hospital’s cafeteria has long stood as an exception to the rule that hospital food gets a bad rap.

But by the end of the year, the cafeteria will close up shop – with a new Subway restaurant and a bigger Tim Hortons taking its place.

Hospital spokesperson Mark Karjaluoto says the change comes as a result of a survey process the hospital undertook two years ago.

“We discovered that people wanted to have something that was fresh, available quickly, would have longer hours … and would have multiple options to pay,” he tells CTV News.

Run by foodservice provider Aramark, the cafeteria currently closes at 6 p.m. and only accepts cash payments – two issues which arose in the survey and will be solved by Subway’s arrival, Karjaluoto says.