HAYS, KS -- The owner of Expeditions, located adjacent to the lobby of Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History, has informed university officials that the restaurant will cease business operations at 8 p.m. today.
The museum staff is considering various alternatives for using the soon-to-be-vacated space.
Bruce Shubert, FHSU's vice president for administration and finance, said he would welcome proposals from entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas for a food service that might be located at the museum. Proposals should be mailed by March 10 to Shubert at Room 318, Sheridan Hall, Fort Hays State University, 600 Park St., Hays, KS 67601.
The Sternberg Museum and its Museum Store continue to operate as usual. The museum has been a popular destination recently since the traveling exhibit "Jurassic Park: The Life and Death of Dinosaurs" opened on Feb. 2. Tickets are available by calling, toll free, 1-877-332-1165. Advance ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for children and senior citizens. Tickets are $7 and $5 at the door. The exhibit, which is the largest collection of dinosaur skeletons currently traveling in the United States, will be on display until May 5.
Expeditions opened in spring 1999, soon after the grand opening of the expanded Sternberg Museum on Sternberg Drive in northeast Hays. Professional restaurateur Bob St. Peter took over operation of the restaurant on Feb. 19, 2001. St. Peter is the owner and operator of R & E Enterprises, a restaurant management and consulting company that runs three other Hays restaurants.