Some UBC students and alumni probably shed a tear when the old Pit Pub in the SUB shut down in May.
But now they have a new place with a familiar name in which to drown their sorrows.
The Pit Pub opened this week in the AMS Nest, the new state-of-the-art student union building on the Point Grey campus.
In a press release provided to the Georgia Straight, Gary Carlson, manager of the Pit, said the pub's new menu offers food that's "reasonably cheap, really good value and very high quality".
"We have very much upscaled our operation," Carlson stated. "We now have table service whereas in the old Pit it was walk up service. And really, really, really good food. Now we are a proper pub bistro outlet."
The pub is crescent-shaped and features a 55-foot video screen along with eight large table-side screens. Three skylights bring natural light into the pub. The centre area turns into a dance floor on some nights.
Local craft beers are on tap and the wine list is B.C.-focused.
"I always seek out the best, I want to represent and offer everything," Carlson said in the release. "Dark, light and very hoppy beers, beers that skirt the lines on different styles. I try and access award winning beers and offer them at the best prices in the whole west side."
The Pit is open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., for the rest of the summer. Its business hours will be adjusted in September.
The AMS Nest, which is opening in phases over the coming months, will also be home to The Perch and several other restaurants.
An upscale resto, The Perch is expected to open in late July or early August.