uWindsor purchases restaurant site as part of expansion plans

May 7, 2014

The University of Windsor has purchased a popular area restaurant as part of its downtown expansion plans. The Tunnel Bar-B-Q restaurant will become the new home of uWindsor’s School for Arts and Creative Innovation (SACI). uWindsor had planned to expand SACI to a former Greyhound bus terminal; however, studies found that it would have been prohibitively expensive to develop the site without interfering with the Detroit-Windsor tunnel that runs underneath it. uWindsor President Alan Wildeman said, “we are pleased to secure an ideal footprint in Windsor’s downtown core with the purchase of the Tunnel Bar-B-Q property. The new building on this site will house studio space to complement the programming in the Armouries to the west.” The site was purchased at a cost of $4 million. Construction of the new building, expected to open in 2016, will cost an estimated $8.5 million. uWindsor News | Windsor Star