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For Immediate Release
February 13, 2018

IPFW Student-Run Restaurant Offers Rustic Italian Cuisine

Key Info

  • Doppio Zero
  • Student-Run Restaurant
  • Holiday Inn IPFW
  • Thursdays 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. through April 26
  • Closed March 8 for Spring Recess

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) students in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management are serving up rustic Italian cuisine at Doppio Zero, this semester’s student-run restaurant.

Doppio Zero will be located inside the Holiday Inn at IPFW and the Coliseum, located at 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive. It will be open every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., February 15 through April 26, with the exception of March 8 due to the university's spring recess.

The restaurant is 100% student-run, meaning the students manage all aspects of the operation, from creating the décor and planning the menu to ordering the supplies and generating profits, with a strong emphasis on the management of the restaurant. The end goal is to understand the ‘Art of Management’ through cost, revenue, and guest satisfaction.

“It is so important to give the students this real-world experience,” said John Niser, chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. “Not only do our students manage and run the restaurant, they also benefit from the profits, which go toward travel scholarships that offer students opportunities to see and experience places outside of Fort Wayne.”

Operating a successful restaurant requires tenacity and teamwork, so students learn very quickly how to work together to keep things up and running.

“It’s great to learn in a real-world environment,” says Holly Baxter, a junior majoring in hospitality management. “I find that practical learning is always more effective, especially in the hospitality industry. It’s also really fun to be a member of a team and have so many great minds creatively working to put it all together.”

Because students are responsible for the overall management of the restaurant, including managing the supply of materials to keep the restaurant fully operational and marketing the restaurant through social media, there are a variety of positions available and roles to fill.

“This is my second time to be a part of this experience,” says Ashley Dancy, a senior hospitality management major. “In hospitality, you never stop learning, so coming back to help this class is giving me a new perspective and a new experience that I will be able to use in my career.”

Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing or calling 260-918-4882.

Members of the media are invited to cover the restaurant's opening on Thursday, February 15. There will be an opportunity to interview students beginning at 10 a.m. and customers at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact John Niser at 260-481-5496 or