SAMRU revamps The Hub, creates West Gate Social
By Riggs Zyrille Vergara, Photo Editor
Through a significant amount of feedback from their members, the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) have finally decided to renovate The Hub to create a new space called West Gate Social, which aims to be a better avenue for socialization, low-cost food and convenience for the students.
One of the features this new space can boast is its affordable appetizers and entrée items that will be priced at $6.50, as well, students are able to bring their own food to the establishment.
“We know how much financial pressure there is on our members, so we’ve made it a priority to make students feel welcome even if they aren’t there to purchase something,”John Hadley, SAMRU Director of Business & Building Services shares as he talked about this decision.
As a treat they’ve prepared for new students this semester, SAMRU will be giving out reusable tumblers that students can fill with coffee, tea or pop for $0.50 throughout the whole academic year.
For faster service, West Gate Social will run on a counter-service model where students can easily access “Grab-and-Go” food items but can still also be able to order hot food items to be delivered to their tables.
The renovation will also include the installation of more power outlets to be used by the patrons during their stay in the space.
Although renovated, SAMRU’s well-known activities and events like karaoke and trivia nights will still be a vital part of the West Gate Social’s operations.
“We don’t see West Gate Social as a bar or restaurant—it’s a welcoming and fun social space for students. Our primary focus now is providing students with a great place to hang out while maximizing the value they get for being members of the Association,” Hadley emphasized.
West Gate Social will open its doors on Sept. 3, with regular operating hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information about their activities on that week, head on to www.samru.ca/westgatesocial