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Purdue Memorial Union is home to three new bistro-style restaurants

White Lodging is adding to the restaurant scene on Purdue's campus. 8Eleven Bistro, Leaps Artisan Pastries and Coffee, and BoilerUp Bar are expected to be open August 5.

Posted: Jul 31, 2020 9:27 AM
Updated: Jul 31, 2020 10:06 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) White Lodging is adding three new restaurants to the east end of the Purdue Memorial Union. The project goes in conjunction with the renovations of the Union Club Hotel. 

"This has been very fun," said Head Chef AJ Buchanio.  "It's a dream for a chef to open a new property and I am fortunate enough to have opened about 30 of them."

Buchanio's experience in the culinary field is just one thing customers can look forward to ahead of their visits. 

"A world Class Dining experience," said Buchanio. 

White Lodging expects to open 8Eleven Bistro, BoilerUp Bar, and Leaps Artisan Pastries and Coffee Wednesday, August 5.

"The designers, the architects, and engineers did an incredible job of preserving a lot of the building's history," said General Manager Jake Cotter. 

It's a modern space designed to honor the building's 96-year existence. Cotter explains they're opening with customer and employee safety in mind.

"We have worked very closely with the University and their health department to make sure that we are prioritizing the safety of everybody that comes in and out of this building."

The renovation and new restaurants are expected to bring around 150 jobs to campus. 

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