Blue Room reopens its doors to on-campus students

Blue Room reopens its doors to on-campus students

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Blue Room reopens its doorways to on-campus scholars

Eating corridor reopened July 23 following greater than a 12 months of restricted products and services because of COVID-19

Following months of closure to the coed frame, the July 23 reopening of the Blue Room elicited a lot pleasure amongst scholars and group of workers.

From freshly baked candies to New Harvest espresso to savory sandwiches and salads, the Blue Room was once a staple of pre-pandemic, on-campus eating. On July 23, the Blue Room reopened its doorways for in-person eating to scholars licensed to be on campus for the summer season 2021 semester — marking its first time providing complete products and services for the reason that onset of the pandemic, in keeping with a July 22 e mail from Brown Eating Products and services to the Brown neighborhood. 

Following the July 12 enlargement of the Sharpe Refectory to in-person eating, the reopening of the Blue Room comes as a part of a College effort to go back in-person eating choices to campus as vaccination charges proceed to upward thrust, finishing greater than a 12 months of essentially pick-up and takeout meals products and services.

The Blue Room was once remaining open to the coed frame with restricted products and services for the autumn 2020 semester, accepting on-line orders for pick-up simplest during the GET app, and was once reopened for the summer season semester to school and group of workers contributors July 12. However low ranges of pastime from college and group of workers led BDS to make bigger the eating corridor’s products and services to the coed frame, Ann Oulette, a Blue Room cashier, stated whilst running the sign in at the Blue Room’s Friday.

The near-universal on-campus vaccination ranges additional knowledgeable the College’s determination to reopen in-person eating choices for college kids all the way through the summer season semester, The Bring in prior to now reported.

Oulette has labored on the Blue Room for the previous 3 years, dealing with the demanding situations that the pandemic posed to on campus eating head-on. After greater than a 12 months of navigating public well being restrictions and restricted products and services, she stated she was once simply as excited as the coed frame to look the Blue Room reopen.

“I’m so glad to look you guys,” she stated. “I communicate to each and every unmarried individual that is available in right here.”

For plenty of contributors of the coed frame, information of the Blue Room’s reopening traveled via phrase of mouth.

Whilst preventing within the eating corridor at the day of its reopening, Cecile Schreidah ’24 advised The Bring in {that a} buddy from the Muslim Scholars’ Heart advised her concerning the announcement. Some underclassmen, together with herself, didn’t obtain the BDS e mail and as a substitute depended on pals to inform them concerning the Blue Room’s new hours, in keeping with Schreidah.

Within the e mail, BDS additionally introduced that it could simplest settle for Endure Greenbacks, money or bank cards as varieties of fee. This differs from earlier years through which Flex Issues have been additionally permitted as fee, main some scholars to criticize the Blue Room’s inconvenience for the ones on meal plan this summer season.

“I’m a little bit disenchanted (the Blue Room) doesn’t take Flex Issues, however I’m more than pleased that it’s open,” Serena Levin ’24 advised The Bring in whilst preventing on the Blue Room the day it reopened. 

Mina Sarmas ’24 agreed, including that, as a pupil on meal plan, she discovered the restricted fee choices inconvenient, and that it could make her much less most probably to make use of the Blue Room instead of different eating halls this semester.

Because the Blue Room has been closed since their arrival on campus within the spring 2021 semester, many first-years famous that they have been satisfied to give you the option to check out the other meals pieces the Blue Room gives, together with pastries, sandwiches, snacks and the campus-favorite truffles.

“I (heard) such a lot about their pastries and truffles, and I’m in point of fact excited to check out them,” Schreidah stated.

But even so for eating, scholars advised The Bring in that they’re excited to make use of the distance to check and meet up with pals. “It’s indubitably a lovable little spot to do paintings as a substitute of a standard library,” Sarmas stated.

The Blue Room is have compatibility with plenty of puts to take a seat together with tables and chairs, along side cubicles and bigger armchairs close to the home windows. “I feel this will probably be a pleasant morning position to have espresso and do paintings,” Levin added. 

The Blue Room will proceed to function during the remainder of the summer season 2021 time period, open Monday thru Friday from eight a.m. to two p.m.