The WSU Board of Regents unanimously approved a resolution to buy the space currently allotted to Dupus Boomer's restaurant in the Compton Union Building (CUB).
The restaurant, which has been operating for four years, will be closing due to business performance not being what management expected, said Regent Fran Forgette, who submitted the request to buy out the restaurant.
Dupus Boomer’s management initially approached WSU for the possible purchase of their lease.
Based on the centrality of the location and the amount of people who go through the CUB each day, WSU finds it beneficial to have control over that space, according to a press release.
WSU will buy the restaurant for $1.675 million, which is less than half of the investment in the original purchase.
Dupus Boomer's currently has 16 years remaining on their lease. The CUB plans to take over the lease for the entire period.
During the course of its operations, the corporation has spent more than $3.5 million on improvements and renovations for their restaurant in the CUB, Forgette said.
The takeover includes not only the Dupus Boomer’s restaurant, but the Sea Swipers and the Market Coffee House food counters adjacent to the restaurant as well, which are currently under Dupus Boomer’s operations.
The university plans to maintain the industrial-sized kitchen which is currently operating under Dupus Boomer's control and continue to operate as a new restaurant. However, after Dupus Boomer’s officially closes, alcohol will no longer be sold on campus.
The new restaurant will be open the same hours as the CUB.
The area is going to be completely revamped, making it a more “coffee house” feel, with additional seating for students, Forgette said.
“There’s a sense that students could use this function,” he said.
Students, however, were upset after hearing the news of the restaurant's closure.
“I’m really sad Dupus (Boomer's) is closing,” said Mary Blevins, a sophomore chemical engineering major. “It always seems really busy and everyone likes their food.”
President Elson S. Floyd still has final negotiations to prepare before the offer officially closes. The end of operations for Dupus Boomer's, however, is still unknown.
Management at Dupus Boomer's declined to comment on their closing.