11 December 2019

Restaurant in University Library City Centre closes its doors as of 23 December 2019

Utrecht University chooses to reduce the number of staffed catering locations from nineteen to twelve by 8 July 2020. The restaurant in the University Library City Centre is one of the catering locations that will be closed. The Sodexo staff working at the restaurant is going to work at other UU catering locations. For this reason, the restaurant closes its doors on 23 December 2019. Espresso bar Lodewijk will stay open after 8 July 2020. Lodewijk is also open during the Christmas period.

Why is the restaurant in the University Library closing before 8 July 2020?

Sodexo and the employees concerned have been looking for suitable solutions for those who work at one of the UU catering locations that will be closed. Restaurant staff in the University Library will be working at other UU catering locations. As a result, this location closes as of 23 December 2019. Utrecht University understands that employees and students might find it annoying that the catering location is closing already. However, we kindly ask for your understanding. The university wantst to help catering staff find other employment. Many of them have been working at the UU for quite some time now.

Catering facilities in the University Library City Centre

At various places in the University Library there are vending machines for hot drinks, soft drinks and snacks. In November, extra vending machines have been placed in the restaurant area. Espresso bar Lodewijk will stay open after 8 July 2020. The range of snacks will be expanded after that date.

What will happen with the space?

It is not yet clear what will be done with the space left by the restaurant. A project group consisting of people from various organisational units will make a plan.

Catering tender

The contract with the current caterer Sodexo expires on 8 July 2020. That is why a tender process is being carried out to sign a contract with a new caterer. To ensure that the tender is successful and future-proof, Utrecht University has decided to reduce the number of staffed catering locations.