Scrubs Café Closed by Damage From Steam Leak

Scrubs Cafe.
Scrubs Cafe, as seen in 2017 before it opened. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Scrubs Café is closed for an undetermined amount of time because of a steam leak that turned into a flood inside the building after hours last weekend, causing extensive damage.

Steam poured into the unoccupied café for about 15 hours before being discovered the evening of Feb. 24, said Kraig Brady, director of Hospitality and Dining Services. “It basically pressure-washed it,” he said. “The steam condensed, and we had standing water in the restaurant and steam throughout the facility.”

The campus uses steam to heat buildings and water.

While campus officials assess the damage and plan repairs, food trucks have been stationed outside Scrubs, one a day on a rotating basis. More temporary service may be added as demand warrants, Brady said.

A vegetarian burger slated to be served at Scrubs as part of the Cool Cuisine Burger Battle across Davis will not be offered, but other locations on campus will still present their plant-based burgers.

Information on a reopening date will be posted on the Scrubs Café website as it becomes available.

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