PHOTOS: Take a look at the new Union Commons dining space inside The University Club

MADISON, Wis. — The University Club at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is set to reopen Monday with a new casual dining option for the campus community.

The club, which temporarily closed in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, is reopening under the management of the Wisconsin Union after the club’s board of directors voted to dissolve it and have the Union take over due to financial losses.

The nearly three-year closure provided an opportunity to breathe new life into the space, with new paint, signage and furniture put in place as well as the new cafe space known as Union Commons.

Union Commons’ fixed menu will include daily soup specials, toasted sandwiches, packaged salads and snacks, while the cafe will offer espresso drinks, coffee, tea and housemade pastries.

“(It will be) a great place for people to meet, for students to study, it will be a wonderful living room of the campus,” associate vice chancellor of student affairs Mark Guthier said.

It remains to be seen whether the rentable event spaces in the building will return.

Check out the photo gallery below for a look inside.