21 January 2020

Restaurants in Minnaert building and Androclus building close per 28 February 2020

Restaurant Minnaertgebouw

Utrecht University chooses to reduce the number of staffed catering locations from nineteen to twelve by 8 July 2020. The restaurant in de University Library in the city centre, the kiosk in Janskerkhof 2-3 and Goliath in the David de Wied building were closed before Christmas. Per 28 February 2020 three more catering locations will be closed because they are unprofitable: the restaurants in the Androclus building and Minnaert building and the kiosk in the Administration building. The Sodexo staff working at these locations is going to work at other (UU) catering locations. Because of that, the three locations will close per 23 December 2019.

Why are the three locations 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 close down. The employees of the restaurants in the Androclus building and Minnaert building and of the kiosk in the Administration building are going to work at other (UU) catering locations. The result is that the three locations will close per 28 February 2020. Utrecht University understands that students might find it annoying that the catering locations are closing already. However, we kindly ask for your understanding. The university wishes to contribute to the redeployment of the Sodexo employees. Many of them have been working at the UU for some time now.

Remaining catering facilities

In all buildings there are vending machines for hot drinks, soft drinks and snacks at various places. The university is going to investigate whether this offer can be expanded in the Androclus building and Minnaert building. Jazzmans in the Minnaert building will remain open.

What will happen at the locations of the catering facilities?

It is not yet clear what will replace the catering facilities in the three buildings. Project groups with people from different organisational units will make plans for this.

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 caterer. To ensure that the tender is successful and future-proof, Utrecht University has decided to reduce the number of staffed catering locations.