The Last Supper: The Pandemic takes its toll on student restaurant.


Nederlandse versie van dit artikel: Het Laatste Avondmaal: Resto stopt met avondopening 

Due to ongoing digital education, a decreasing number of people visited the VUB restaurant during the last few months. As a result, the evening opening is now suspended.

By: Hermelien Goyvaerts
Translation: Marit Galle
Picture: Alan Jockmans 

Until the pandemic, the VUB student restaurant in Etterbeek (also known as the Resto) welcomed an increasing number of guests. This led to a lack of space and long queues of students, staff and external visitors who were eager to enjoy the meals. Because of this, an upgrade was required. By opening the Resto also during the evening (Monday to Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.), the VUB aimed to spread the crowds better. These evening openings were first launched in 2019 as a pilot project and continued in March 2020 after a positive recommendation from the Student Council.  

However, due to the prevailing corona pandemic, the Resto received insufficient visitors, with – according to the Student Council report – only an average sale of sixty meals per evening over the last few months. The Student Council was asked to take into account in their advice the uncertain future caused by the unexpected waves and flare-ups of the pandemic. The limited turnover associated with high financial intervention was also weighed against the added value of the evening opening to the VUB community.

At the end of December 2021, the Student Council gave the final negative advice for a continuation of this evening opening. This week, the doors are still open in the evening. Starting next week, the Resto will only be serving during the day. Whether there will be another evening opening after Corona is still uncertain. 

Would you like to enjoy a last meal in the VUB student restaurant? The Resto in Etterbeek opens its evening doors this week between 5:30 and 8 p.m., with the finale on Thursday, February 10, 2022. The first eighty visitors can expect a small farewell gift.

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