The Anchor reopens for business after 20 months of closure

By Michael Lang | November 24, 2021 2:37pm
The Anchor, located just past the Campus Safety office under Haggerty, is open again.
Media Credit: Aidan Sara / The Beacon

The Anchor has reopened its doors for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdown in early 2020.

The Anchor, located on the ground level of Haggerty Hall, is UP’s fourth on-campus dining option for students, in addition to the Commons, Pilot House and Mack’s Market. It is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Anchor is intended for convenience for students within the North quad of campus and those needing to refuel after a workout at the Beauchamp Rec. Center.

The Anchor offers a variety of ‘grab and go’ style drinks and food like coffee, ice cream, dry snacks and bagels. Kirk Mustain, general manager of Bon Appétit, noted that they’re looking to add breakfast sandwiches Thanksgiving week, a pre-pandemic staple of the Anchor.

Staff shortages have delayed the Anchor’s opening over the past weeks of the semester. With a bit of restructuring as to where his employees are working, Mustain was able to resolve this issue and open.

“I finally had to just move staff over there,” Mustain said. “We were trying to hire for it. I think it’s the whole supply chain staffing issues that are going on. We just moved a couple people over there that we knew were going to be reliable.”