Month-long UBC food court closure from sewage backflow worries cafe owner 0
University of British Columbia. (24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
Five eateries just outside the University of B.C. campus have been shut down for more than a month due to sewage backflow, and one owner fears repairs won’t be completed in time to open for the fall semester.
According to Vancouver Coastal Health, Khaled Barahmeh’s Petra Café was one of five businesses affected by a sewage backflow into the 5728 University Blvd. food court on July 18.
VCH environmental health officer Paul Markey said on Tuesday a restoration company has indicated the clogged lines would be fixed by Sept. 3, but the eateries would remain closed until health inspections are passed.
It’s unclear what exactly caused the backflow, Markey said.
Barahmeh had just opened his café two months before his store was shut down. As he was out of country, his niece spoke on his behalf on Tuesday and said insurance is expected to cover some costs.
His niece, who was contacted by 24 hours, didn’t want her name published, but said her uncle is worried he won’t be able to operate his café when students return next month.
“When the new semester starts, they hope they can open again,” she said. “I know he’s upset at the situation.”
The University Endowment Lands, which manages sewage in the area, said Wednesday morning the sewage issue was not caused by UEL-maintained infrastructure, having originated at the site of the building.