Student-Run Restaurant and Pub Provides New Option for CMU Students
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Colorado Mesa University students held the grand opening Monday for a completely student-run restaurant and pub located just outside of campus along 12th St.
The idea for The Point began several years ago when CMU Business Instructor Georgann Jouflas wanted to come up with an easy way for her students to gain actual experience practicing what they had been learning in the classroom.
"It's really important that people learn more from doing rather than from teaching," said Jouflas. "I thought we needed some way for students to get in the thick of it."
After surveying over 400 students, the Entrepreneurship Club came up with the concept for the ideal restaurant for CMU students.
"The results were late night food, coffee, beer, wine, and free wi-fi," said CMU Senior and General Manager of The Point, Johnny Nitti.
One of the main reasons the University supported this project was the idea of having an establishment that serves alcohol so close to campus.
A 2010 study from the University of Maryland revealed one in five college students admitted to driving while intoxicated.
Officials hope The Point will give students an option to drink at an establishment within walking distance of student housing rather than drink and drive to and from establishments further away from campus.
"This limits people from going and binge drinking at parties where they are not being watched," said Nitti.
While alcohol may be the big selling point for some, the main idea of the restaurant is to draw in student and community groups.
"It's a place to hang out, share ideas," said Jouflas. "It's just community coming together."
The Point will officially open to the public on Tuesday.
Doors will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Point is located at 1230 N. 12th St. #2, across from CMU's Moss Performing Arts Center.