University Club reopening after pandemic closure

The University Club, a historic dining venue at UW–Madison, is set to reopen this month after being shut down due to COVID-19, according to a news release.

The University Club will reopen Jan. 23 with a new, casual dining concept, called Union Commons, and seating under the management of the Wisconsin Union, the nonprofit organization that also manages Memorial Union, Union South, the Memorial Union Terrace, and markets and cafes throughout campus.

The University Club closed temporarily beginning in March 2020 due to COVID-19. After the club experienced financial loss during the pandemic, the University Club board of directors voted to dissolve the club as an incorporated social organization, to integrate the club fully into the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and to have the Wisconsin Union assume management of the club.

Union Commons will serve a variety of beverages, including coffee and espresso drinks, tea, and wine; bakery items; house-made soups; and toasted sandwiches.