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February 27, 2019

Purdue Fort Wayne Student-Run Swiss Specialty Restaurant Opens

Key Info

  • Edelweiss Swiss Specialty Restaurant
  • Student-Run Restaurant
  • Holiday Inn Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Thursdays 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. through April 25
  • Closed March 7 for Spring Recess

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Purdue University Fort Wayne students in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management are serving up Swiss cuisine at Edelweiss, this semester’s student-run restaurant.

Edelweiss is the restaurant inside the Holiday Inn Purdue Fort Wayne, located at 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive. It will be open every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through April 25, with the exception of March 7 due to the university’s spring recess.

The restaurant is 100 percent 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.

“This semester our hospitality management students have developed and will operate a concept restaurant close to my heart,” says John Niser, chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. “Being originally a Swiss citizen, I love the country and its multicultural food heritage. Switzerland and the USA are currently negotiating a free-trade agreement. At the heart of this agreement is exchange, and our US ambassador to Switzerland was keen to mention the love Americans have developed for Swiss cheese and the natural products produced in the country. Our students have developed a menu that leverages on this trend, offering interesting recipes that will warm your heart in this prolonged winter.”

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

“This semester has taught me a great deal,” says Neev Patel, a junior majoring in Hospitality Tourism Management and back of house manager for Edelweiss. “It turned an unsure group of students into a strong team than can competently run an entire restaurant. We have learned the importance of cleanliness, efficiency, and attention to detail. I cannot wait to bring these lessons into my lifelong hospitality career.”

“In the mountains of Switzerland, you can find all kinds of unique and flavorful dishes you won’t find anywhere else…herbs, chocolate, cheeses, and so much more,” says Kyle Rattie, a sophomore majoring in Hospitality Tourism Management and Edelweiss general manager. “All of the dishes we have this semester are inspired by Swiss cuisine, and are created from scratch, and will make your mouth water with the aroma of the food placed in front of you.” Rattie continues, “Starting a restaurant with the peers around you that you may not know all too well seems like a pretty daunting task, and in all honesty, it has been. With perseverance, teamwork, and communication, everything is slowly beginning to take shape. The lessons taught in this class cannot be matched anywhere else, as this is as real world as it gets.”

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.

Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing or calling 260-627-9153.

Members of the media are invited to cover the restaurant on Thursday, February 28. There will be an opportunity to interview students beginning at 10 a.m. and customers at 11:30 a.m.

For additional information, contact Nicole Hahn at 260-481-4106 (office), 260-760-7409 (cell), or