The Tea Room reopens with mobile order option

Campus café offers take-out menu, “new and improved” cold brew

The Tea Room is currently only offering take-out services. 
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The Tea Room is currently only offering take-out services. 
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The Tea Room, which suspended operations in March, reopened last Monday with a take-out only operation and a new mobile order option after assessing how it could operate safely.

“The management team and the Engineering Society worked extensively over the summer to create an opening plan that would ensure that our operations exceeded all provincial, municipal and university guidelines,” Engineering Society President Spencer Lee told The Journal. “We applied to the Campus Reopening Committee and in collaboration with Environmental Health and Safety we were granted the ability to operate.”        

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Lee explained that, like several other businesses navigating provincial reopening guidelines, the Tea Room has adapted its operations to ensure the safety of its patrons and staff members.

“At this moment, we have installed a plexiglass shield on the door of the Tea Room so that customers can pick up their favourite cream cheese bagels without coming into contact with staff.”

Customers are required to wear masks to gain entrance to the service, as per current regulations by both Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health and Queen’s. Visitors without face coverings will not be permitted entry. 

The Tea Room is currently only offering take-out services. 

“We are taking advantage of the nice fall weather and offering takeout only from the exterior door of the Tea Room on the north side of Union Street,” Lee wrote. “Plans to allow dine-in are being drawn up and we shall be submitting an application to the Campus Reopening Committee in the near future.”

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The Tea Room has launched an online ordering and payment app called Ritual that allows patrons to streamline the ordering process. The service is also accepting debit and credit card payments on site. 

“The menu still has everyone’s favourites and must-haves from the Tea Room, including a new and improved cold brew coffee,” Lee wrote, noting that despite changes made to accommodate health and safety regulations, the service’s menu will remain largely unchanged.

“We are still brightening our customers’ day with the Tea Room experience; high quality food and coffee, amazing staff, and environmentally friendly operations with a slight twist in the new normal.”

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