The much-awaited Ryerson Hub opened its doors to students on Monday, debuting its new facility and ethical food options with the hopes of bringing students back to eating on campus.
In an effort to be transparent with its food sourcing, the Hub has a window looking into its kitchen.
“Human beings are back there cooking their food. We wouldn’t put a window if they were just opening up bags,” said Joshna Maharaj, assistant director of Ryerson Food Services.
Maharaj explains that it’s her intention to bring back students to eating on campus by offering wholesome healthy food options for a reasonable price.
“It’s important to know that now when you are eating on campus, you are supporting a more thoughtful and equitable labour system and you’re helping to nurture a more sustainable food system,” she said.
Other notable changes to the new Hub are the addition of all-day breakfast, increased quality of take-out food — which will now be made in-house rather than being outsourced — and a dramatic increase in lighting.
The $840,000 renovation is almost a month late, having missed the window to welcome students in the first week of the semester.
Maharaj explained that the delays stemmed from unforeseen electrical problems and “inevitable contractor delays.”
Staff and students are pleased with the changes.
Joana Londono, a program facilitator at the tri-mentoring program, said: “Its small, but it’s nicer looking and more appealing. The prices are cheap and the food is better quality.”
First-year business student, Tina Chau said, “I like how they offer a good variety of food, since I’m vegetarian.”
The official launch of the Hub will be on Nov. 5.