It was a magnet for college and university students, a place to catch a meal, a beer, or party. A convenient place to hang out between, and sometimes, during class.
Now, after 20 years The Wall Bar & Grillhouse, located on the Nipissing University/Canadore College Main Campus, is closing its doors on April 20th. Six waitresses, four kitchen staff, a number of security guards and bar staff will lose their jobs.
The Wall is located on property owned by Canadore College with the liquor license being held by Nipissing University, with much of the equipment and staff run by the Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU).
The lease between NUSU and Canadore has expired and Canadore was not willing to give an option of renewal.
"They actually didn't tell us why they didn't. It's sort of their ability to end the lease when the year's renewal is over," said VP External Madison Byblow.
"It's become quite popular again, and we've really built it up again but it just so happened that Canadore College did not want to renew the lease," said
Over the past several years, the Student Union has been working diligently on planning the construction of a new student centre and is pleased to announce that work on the building project is moving swiftly. The Student Union is planning to construct the new building on the Laroque property on the corner of College Drive and Monastery Road.
But in the meantime, the students will be without a pub close by.
"There will be nothing of that sort to my knowledge next year on campus," continued McGowan.
“NUSU’s first priority is students’ needs, both academically and socially," Byblow said. "This building will allow students a greater space to study and socialize. The Student Union still plans to conduct and sponsor student driven programming at Nipissing University into next year regardless of where those services are delivered.”
The Wall Bar & Grillhouse will continue to operate until April 20th.
The restaurant will remain open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday bar nights will also continue as will Escape Saturdays in partnership with the Escape Movement.