Public Corridor, an Aggieville espresso store well-liked with college students, closed its doorways for good on Dec. 30, 2022, after almost 4 years in operation. This announcement, initially launched on Public Corridor’s Instagram, got here as a shock to many Okay-State college students who frequented the espresso store, Kiva Schulze mentioned.
“I liked going and finding out there, and I might go there quite a bit on espresso dates with my mates,” Schulze, junior in diet and well being, mentioned.
Simone Buescher, freshman in structure, mentioned she by no means observed something in Public Corridor that would’ve warranted their closing.
“I actually appreciated the ambiance that they’d happening there. It was a great place to review,” Buescher mentioned. “I used to be stunned to listen to about them closing, I assumed they had been doing rather well.”
Ciara Waugh, Acme International Industries HR and Operations Director, mentioned the choice to shut Public Corridor had nothing to do with monetary points.
“It positively wasn’t as a consequence of lack of patrons,” Waugh mentioned. “We had been consistently full and busy with folks, studiers particularly.”
Waugh mentioned retaining Public Corridor open took “an excessive amount of time and vitality” since Acme additionally owns different Aggieville companies resembling Tremendous Cub, Acme Reward, Acme Native, Orange Sky Yoga, Thread, and The Dusty Bookshelf.
“It in the end got here right down to the truth that we overextended ourselves,” Waugh mentioned. “Now we have a number of companies, and with the entire issues occurring in Aggieville proper now, we have to be sure that we’re specializing in the shops which have been right here for a extremely very long time.”
Waugh mentioned it’s onerous to run a restaurant with out committing to it utterly, and with all of Acme’s different companies, this was inconceivable.
“In truth talking, with a restaurant or espresso store, the proprietor ought to principally stay and breathe that area … except you discover a killer supervisor, however we had been by no means capable of finding an individual who match that mildew and had the expertise we would have liked to totally run that store,” Waugh mentioned.
Schulze mentioned she is gloomy about Public Corridor’s closing, and can miss their meals and ambiance.
“I liked the Hippie Sandwich, it was at all times so good,” Schulze mentioned. “I used to be disenchanted to listen to about them closing, however principally I’m upset I received’t get to expertise Public Corridor once more.”
Waugh mentioned there’s a answer for individuals who loved Public Corridor espresso.
“The very same espresso and tea that people grew to like at Public Corridor, they will nonetheless get at The Dusty Bookshelf,” Waugh mentioned. “We might be introducing extra snacks quickly … We’re putting off the no-food coverage in [The Dusty Bookshelf], as a result of we wish of us to know that they will are available in with their lunch, seize a espresso and sit there to review.”
All staff of Public Corridor had been assured different job alternatives as soon as it closed.
“We supplied all of them a place at any of the opposite shops that now we have,” Waugh mentioned. “A few them are at Varsity Donuts, and the remainder of them are all at The Dusty Bookshelf. All people discovered a brand new house.”
Schulze mentioned she worries that The Dusty Bookshelf received’t provide the identical expertise as going to Public Corridor.
“Except The Dusty Bookshelf will get all the identical meals objects as Public Corridor, I’ll extra seemingly go some place else,” Schulze mentioned. “It received’t be the identical as Public Corridor.”
On Jan. 16, Glad Hippie Studios introduced through Instagram that they might be taking up the area that was Public Corridor and changing it right into a “Glad Hippie Well being Bar.”
The department supervisor for the Manhattan location of Glad Hippie, Marcy Hammel, mentioned April 1 is its tentative opening date.
“It sort of is dependent upon the tools and how briskly we are able to get what we want finished inside Public Corridor,” Hammel mentioned.
Hammel mentioned Manhattan residents ought to be enthusiastic about Glad Hippie as a result of it’s distinctive and offers more healthy choices for Aggieville patrons.
“[Happy Hippie] is a superb match to be a next-door neighbor to Orange Sky Yoga as a result of they give attention to well being meals like acai bowls and smoothie bowls,” Waugh mentioned. “That is the most effective alternative now we have to let [Public Hall] go and provides the keys to a different native entrepreneur.”