HAYS, KS -- Daryl and Linda North, Ellis, were announced today as the new managers of Expeditions Restaurant in Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
FHSU President Edward H. Hammond introduced the Norths at a news conference this morning at Expeditions.
"We now have the opportunity to do some different things with the restaurant," said Hammond. "We don't expect the restaurant to be closed during this transition except for a couple of days for inventory and routine cleaning."
The Norths are ranchers from Ellis. Linda North will have the primary responsibility for running Expeditions.
"Daryl's main role will be raising our beef," she said. The new menus highlight "farm-raised, prime, corn-fed, aged Kansas beef."
"This is sort of like a dream come true," she said. "We've wanted our own place for years. I love cooking, so it's easy for me."
Linda North said that lunches will be a more home-style of cooking, featuring sandwiches and salads.
"In the evening," she said, "we will specialize in my husband's steaks."
Chartwells Dining Service, which is the food service contractor for the university, has managed Expeditions since its opening in June 1999. However, said Hammond, Chartwells asked to be relieved of Expeditions because the company's local management was too strained by the task of managing its extensive campus operations and the restaurant.
Expeditions will open under the Norths on Sept. 28.
"With the Norths, we will be able to keep our commitment to quality and service and offer the public fine dining at reasonable cost," said Hammond.
Hammond said that the Norths called Bruce Shubert, vice president for administration and finance, when they heard that Chartwells wanted to turn Expeditions over to another manager.
Linda North ran a baking business from her home for nine years and, as a farm wife, has cooked for large harvest crews for 32 years. For the last six and a half years she has been the cook for the Delta Zeta sorority at FHSU.