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For Immediate Release
October 26, 2017

IPFW Student-Run Restaurant Offers Authentic Greek Cuisine

Key Info

  • Athens Greek Tavern
  • Student-Run Restaurant
  • Holiday Inn IPFW
  • Thursdays 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. through December 7
  • Closed Thanksgiving

FORT WAYNE,Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) students in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management are serving up authentic Greek food at Athens Greek Tavern, this semester’s student-run restaurant.

Athens Greek Tavern is the restaurant inside the Holiday Inn Fort Wayne–IPFW and Coliseum, located at 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive. It is open every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through December 7, except Thanksgiving.

The restaurant is 100% student run. They manage all aspects of the operation, from creating the décor and planning the menu to ordering the supplies and generating profits. They greet you, seat you, wait on you, prepare and cook your food, and cash you out after your meal. They take you through your dining experience from start to finish.

“This is a real-world experience we offer our students,” said John Niser, chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. “Operating a successful restaurant requires tenacity and teamwork, so our students learn very quickly how to work together to keep things up and running.”

A portion of the proceeds collected during the restaurant’s run will be used for scholarships to enable students to learn from experienced faculty members, while getting invaluable hands-on industry experience.

“Opening a restaurant in this setting allows me to take what I have learned in the classroom and use it in a real-life situation,” said Kristine Gingerich (junior, hospitality management). “It has helped me develop and strengthen my knowledge in cost control, food service, accounting, human resources, and marketing. The experience will be a great benefit when I apply for jobs in the future.”

Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 260-267-6351. You can also make reservations online by visiting the Athens Greek Tavern website.

Members of the media are invited to cover the restaurant on Thursday, November 2. There will be an opportunity to interview students preparing to open the restaurant beginning at 10 a.m., and then serving customers at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact John Niser, chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, at 260-481-5496 or