Why is this place never open?
By Chandler Walter, Contributor
I have worked at the Other Press and attended weekly meetings at the office located at Douglas College’s New Westminster campus for the past four years. Prior to that, I was a student a Douglas College for a full year, taking many classes at the New Westminster campus.
Yet never in those five collective years of being at, around, and in the general vicinity of the New West building, had I seen the elusive Pizza Pizza place actually open to customers. Until today.
If you’re thinking, “We have a Pizza Pizza?” then you’re likely not alone. Tucked away on the bottom floor of the New Westminster campus, behind two sets of doors and beside the gym (yes, we have a gym), sits a small-yet-terrific-smelling Pizza Pizza.
Maybe you’ve seen it but never been in there because this place is hardly ever open.
I even tried looking it up online before writing this article, the eager, young investigative journalist that I am, and I couldn’t find a shred of online evidence that Pizza Pizza even operates in the building. The closest I came to tracking down the hypothetical scent of that pepperoni goodness is a page on the Douglas College website describing the food options on campus. Naturally Tim Hortons and the cafeteria are on the list, joined by a mysteriously-named “Deli,” which, by Sherlock Holmes-ian deduction, I can only assume means Pizza Pizza.
If that premise is, in fact, correct, then the hours of Pizza Pizza are as follows: Monday to Thursday: 8 am to 3 pm; Friday: 8 am to 2:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday: Closed.
Okay, so maybe the place is sometimes open, and maybe not every Douglas College student is like me and only ever takes evening classes or attends meetings that start at 6:30 pm. But still, there are probably a few like-minded folks out there, and to address those poor few, I say this:
The cheese slice I had was actually really good and filling, though (even with a combo) one slice and a pop came to like seven dollars and change, which is kind of rough. They charge almost a full dollar for dips, but they’re not too necessary to get because the crust definitely holds its own. One slice is enough to feel full for a lunch. If it was dinner I’d probably want two… so it’s actually good thing they aren’t open during evening hours.
All in all, 8/10, would recommend.