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Release: April 23, 1999

Quadrangle Public Cafeteria to close after 70 years

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- After 70 years and about 10,000,000 meals served, the Quadrangle Public Cafeteria at the University of Iowa will close its doors after serving its last lunch on Friday, May 14.

The two west side dining services -- one at Quadrangle and one at Hillcrest Hall -- are being consolidated into one dining facility to be located in Hillcrest Hall, says Celine Hartwig, assistant to the director of Residence Services at the UI. The Quadrangle Public Cafeteria will be renamed and used to serve meals to residence hall students next year, while Hillcrest food service is being remodeled, Hartwig said.

University faculty, staff and students who used to dine at the Quadrangle Public Cafeteria will now have to go elsewhere for their mid-day repast. Hartwig says: "We know many people are disappointed about the closing of 'The Quad' but Hillcrest Food Service is in desperate need of remodeling and we're very short on dining space for students." Persons who wish to eat in Quadrangle Food Service, which is primarily for students, may purchase a guest meal ticket at the door.

Lunch will continue to be served at the Quadrangle Public Cafeteria from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays through May 14.