Bear's Lair Scheduled to Open Soon

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After five months of renovation, The Bear's Lair was scheduled to open today - but the popular hangout remains deserted as a result of unforeseen delays, and it is uncertain when the complex's doors will open.

Alex Ding, the ASUC executive vice president, said yesterday The Bear's Lair will open next week at the earliest. Capital improvements by vendors and building inspections delayed the complex's opening, he said.

The Bear's Lair, a food court operated by the ASUC, was closed in May due to asbestos that had started falling from the ceiling and was considered a public health hazard.

In addition, warped tile floors, wheelchair inaccessible restrooms, and "cluttered" kitchens presented a potential seismic hazard, he said.

The original plan for construction included removing the asbestos and renovating the dining area, however, the vendors decided to also upgrade their kitchen areas and bring them up to code, said Ding.

The renovated dining area will include a new stained concrete floor, a decorated interior painted in UC Berkeley colors, an asbestos-free ceiling, new chairs and tables with ethernet ports and new kitchen equipment.

When The Bear's Lair reopens, The Pub will be the only vendor with new management, as numerous violations of their alcohol license - which included finding minors drinking alcohol in an unlicensed area - led ASUC managers to invite Fanfare to manage The Pub.

The Pub will remain closed until the new vendor obtains a license to sell alcohol, which can take six to eight weeks.

"There were too many violations with the former manager, and that was simply not tolerated by the Store Operations Board," said Ding.

The rest of the vendors - Heavenly Foods, Natural Sensations, the Taqueria los Reyes, and the Coffee Spot - will be returning once construction is finished.

When planning the redevelopment of The Bear's Lair, the ASUC negotiated with Fanfare to bring in familiar fast food restaurants such as Panda Express, which would have displaced the currently family-owned vendors. However, the company balked at paying the high cost of asbestos removal and withdrew from negotiations late last semester.

Fanfare operates food areas at Cal football games, and has a "very good" record with the state Alcoholic Beverages Commission, which regulates alcohol licenses, Ding said.

During the renovation, workers discovered a long-forgotten fireplace that had been covered up and The Bear's Lair will make use of the fireplace for future events, said Ding.

The ASUC is also considering adding video equipment to broadcast UC Berkeley football games and a small stage for comedy nights in the future.

The Store Operations Board's maintenance fund was used for the renovations. The fund comes from the ASUC's business ventures, which include the Bearcade, the Cal Lodge, and Black Lightning Notes, as well as university funds to maintain buildings on campus, said ASUC Auxiliary official Caroline Cadigal.


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