The University Center Advisory Board voted on Nov. 30 to renew the lease for Hi Thai for two years after weeks of deliberation. The restaurant specializing in Asian Thai cuisine has been serving food at the Original Student Center since 2007. This was the first time Hi Thai’s lease has been under review since opening on campus.
UCAB Vice Chair Ashley Awe told the UCSD Guardian that the decision to renew Hi Thai’s lease was based on feedback provided by a number of student sources.
“[The students on UCAB] worked for weeks to get as much feedback about Hi Thai as possible,” Awe said. “This information was gathered through multiple sources, including from AS, College Councils, GSA and a Google survey that received nearly six hundred responses. Ultimately, it was determined that there was enough positive reception to Hi Thai to warrant a two-year lease renewal.”
The Hi Thai Renewal survey was posted on Facebook and asked students if they supported the lease renewal, what they didn’t like about the restaurant and what they would like to see changed. The survey yielded varying results, with 55 percent of undergraduate and 80 percent of graduate students in favor of keeping Hi Thai for an additional two years.
Awe noted that in response to the opinions UCAB received on Hi Thai’s performance, the student-run board included specific requirements in the lease contract.
“Because UCAB recognizes that not all students feel as positively about Hi Thai, its lease was renewed with several stipulations,” Awe said. “The first is that a written food handling protocol that demonstrates positive changes is produced. The second is that new or better sources of food or ingredients must be identified. Also, a new streamlined menu display must be created, and the menu must reflect more authentic Thai dishes.”
Hi Thai’s new lease will begin March 2017.