Western University: Spoke bar-eatery getting $1.4M makeover to speed up service

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Endless lineups for coffee and bagels at the Spoke may be one of the least favourite memories for Western University alumni.

That should get a lot better this September as the hallowed campus bar and eatery completes a $1.4-million makeover.

The Spoke, on the first floor of the University Community Centre, has been a student hub and meeting place for decades, and the University Students Council (USC), which owns and operates the establishment, and crews have been working to complete the project during the summer while students are served at a temporary “pop-up” location.

USC spokesperson Jana Cernavskis said the project is aimed at boosting kitchen efficiency and overall capacity, although the floor area will not be expanded.

“Most of the work is in the kitchen to improve service and get them their food faster,” she said.

The kitchen equipment will be upgraded and replaced to speed up food production.

The Spoke racked up $2.7 million in sales last year and sells about 1,000 bagel per day in peak season.

Cernavskis said an information booth beside the Spoke entrance will be converted into a food and coffee express line to reduce the lineups that have often snaked out into the corridors.

The restaurant portion inside the Spoke is getting a cosmetic renovation and the booths are being replaced by tables to increase capacity.

“Booths are nice, but if you have one person sitting at a booth for six or seven that reduces the access for others,” said Cernavskis.

She said the project should be completed before the students return for fall term in September.



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