* Purdue University Residences

March 6, 2007

'Knight Spot' reopens for daytime dining

Cary Knight Spot Grill
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The Cary Knight Spot Grill will reopen for lunch beginning on March 19, creating daytime dining for on-campus workers at an increasingly popular nighttime student hangout.

In addition to the 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. service, the quick-service restaurant will now serve diners from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The restaurant closed for remodeling in May 2005 and reopened for nighttime business in August 2006.

Lunch specials with a side and a drink will be offered daily for less than $5. Sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, soups, salads, soft drinks and milkshakes will remain menu staples, and lunch specials will rotate every two weeks. The regular, chef-designed menu is updated during summer, fall, winter and spring breaks.

Kari Glebe, coordinator of retail sales and marketing, said the evening and night hours have proven popular with students, but the new daytime hours are designed particularly to serve the lunch needs of Purdue employees.

"We consistently hear that they have missed the ability to get a quick, affordable, freshly prepared meal in a convenient, comfortable, cozy location," Glebe said. "We're pleased to fill that dining niche in a space that is now much larger and more modern than our customers enjoyed before."

The grill has been expanded into space formerly occupied by the post office in the southeast corner of Cary Quadrangle near the intersection of Stadium Avenue and University Drive. The 150-seat restaurant includes table, booth and counter seating. Concrete floors have been stained in warm, swirling colors, and columns are tiled in glass. Walls paneled with oriented strand board draw on the aesthetics of Prairie and Craftsman architecture. Black metal furniture, recessed and pendant lighting, original artwork and high-definition televisions complete the modern look.

"The University Residences dining experience is not reserved for our residents," said Barbara Frazee, executive director of University Residences. "We've created a facility and a team at the Cary Knight Spot Grill that will do a good job of serving the needs of a broad cross-section of the university community."

The restaurant makes two significant nods to Cary Quadrangle history. The knight statue that has been the symbol of the halls for decades will be enclosed in a glass case in the dining room. The wood-topped tables from the grill's previous incarnation have been preserved and refinished. Each tabletop includes etchings and art from graduating seniors, an honor reserved for men who spent their entire undergraduate years living at Cary Quadrangle.

The restaurant is within easy walking distance from north and central campus areas. City Bus Silver Loop buses stop on Stadium Avenue on the south side of Cary Quadrangle. The Tower Acres route stops near the northeast corner of Cary Quadrangle at the intersection of University and Tower drives. The Ross Ade route stops at both locations.

Writer: Jim Schenke, (765) 494-6262,

Sources:Barbara Frazee, (765) 494-1000,

Kari Glebe, (765) 494-2264,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

For more information, contact Jim Schenke, Purdue News Service, at (765) 494-6262.


The recently enlarged and remodeled Cary Knight Spot Grill will expand its hours to offer lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the week. Since it reopened in August 2006, the restaurant's nighttime hours have appealed to students. The new hours are designed to serve the needs of on-campus workers. (Purdue News Service photo/Dave Umberger)

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