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Scrubs Café Reopens, the Silo to Close

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline on June 4, 2019 in University

One campus eatery, Scrubs Café, has reopened today (June 4), while another is preparing to close for lengthy renovations.

The Silo — including Spokes Grill, Crêpe Bistro, The Gunrock and Peet’s Coffee — will be closed after Friday, June 14, the last day of finals, for construction work, some of it major (new roofing, seismic upgrades), some of it less so (new doors, epoxy flooring in the kitchen). The $2.9 million project is expected to last into early 2020.

The Silo Market (South Silo), including its sandwich and pizza operations, will remain open. Food trucks will continue coming to the Silo area, and will be joined by a Peet's Coffee truck. Campus caterer Olive & Vine is available for more formal meals in lieu of The Gunrock.

Scrubs reopens with new menu items

Three burgers.
Scrubs Café’s new burgers, clockwise from left: pastrami burger, double barbecue burger, Korean fried chicken. (JJ Noel/UC Davis)

Meanwhile, in the Health Sciences District, Scrubs Café is back open again in its entirety — food service, coffee bar and market — after a three-month shutdown to repair damage caused by a steam pipe leak. Scrubs, with indoor and outdoor seating, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To celebrate the reopening, Scrubs has added new entrees and options to its menu, including a $6.99 lunchtime “We’re Back” value combo, which includes one of six entrees like a Harris Ranch cheeseburger, crispy chicken sandwich, or mushroom and swiss melt, along with a side dish and fountain drink.

Other menu additions include a Korean-fried chicken sandwich, a pastrami burger, and a double barbecue burger topped with crispy onions and BBQ sauce.

Scrubs has also added a hot entrée bar — like the salad bar — allowing customers to build their own meals, priced by the ounce. In addition, the coffee bar will now offer an expanded food menu, Café All Day.

The steam leak went unnoticed for 15 hours during a regular weekend closure, Feb. 23-24, and resulted in standing water in the café. Facilities Management staff and an outside hygienist monitored moisture levels and watched for other damage as the restaurant dried out.

Officials said most of the repairs were cosmetic in nature, such as patching holes that inspectors required to see what was going on inside the walls, replacing ceiling tiles and repainting.

Food trucks have been providing food and coffee service during the repairs. Scrubs provides the only food service in that part of the campus.

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