By Shabana Begum
Almost three years after it opened, Spruce Bistro at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) is permanently shifting its operations to the North Hill precinct.
The bistro officially closed today (Feb 9), as its tenant is not keen to renew the lease. A new cafe will open in its place once the tenant returns the premises to the University.
Poor human traffic and manpower constraints were reasons for the closure, said Mr Vincent Teo, Assistant Director of Technology and Facilities at WKWSCI.
Dr Mark Cenite, Associate Chair of the school, added: “The academic calendar makes traffic cyclical. Spruce faced some struggles because its brand identity, which is strongly established outside, is not a perfect match with the student market.”
The Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services will be calling for tenders next week to find an operator for the new cafe at WKWSCI. The new cafe will offer freshly brewed coffee, sandwiches, soup and a few Asian dishes.
Regular patrons of Spruce can visit the bistro’s new premises at Block 20A of the North Hill precinct.