The HUB on Smith reopens cafeteria

Like many other organizations here and all over the world, The HUB on Smith had to adapt to the changing COVID-19 environment. 

The HUB on Smith’s Cafe’ will once again be serving congregate meals, Mondays through Fridays beginning at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch service begins at noon and concludes at 1 p.m. Reservations are recommended to ensure a seat for lunch, but the cafe is serving walk-ins.

Patrons may also get a “lunch to go” if they choose. Patrons are asked to sign in at the café desk and pick up meals at the Grab n Go counter. 

To make a reservation call 672-2240, ext 101. The seating will be limited to allow for social distancing, with four places per round table and two places per square table. The facilities will initially be able to serve up to 76 people per seating.

According to the HUB on Smith’s Front of House Manager Molly McGlothlin, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to any of its patrons, the HUB on Smith closed its doors to public gatherings on March 13, 2020. This meant also closing the HUB’s cafeteria, a place and setting very well known for being the social hub for many senior residents in Sheridan County. The cafeteria was also a main staple in the nutrition requirements for many of the HUB’s patrons. 

While appearing on Sheridan Media’s Public Pulse, Executive Chef Dan Cole told listeners how he and his team quickly adapted shifts and the kitchen to meet the demand of home delivered meals, which doubled during the pandemic. A feat, Cole said, that could not have been accomplished without the hard work of Sheridan residents.  

D. Cole

Registration is required, and patrons must register with the HUB once a year. Resitars are available for patrons to re-register or newly register from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Masks are recommended to all patrons while in the HUB and when moving about the building. The HUB will be assessing service each day with hopes to open up more services and activities in the coming months.

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