The Monon Grill

When I attended DePauw between 1958 and 1964, the Monon Grill was a classical narrow diner with an eating bar/cooking grill along the left side of the building and tables along the right side.

Monon GrillSometime after 1964, there was reportedly a fire at the Grill and when they rebuilt it, they added a dining room on the far right hand side of the building which is still there. There was room to build this addition because the Monon depot (which sat just north of the Grill) had been razed before that time. I'm not sure when the depot was razed, but that probably would be an indicator as to when the Monon Grill doubled in size.

During the time I attended Depauw, there were women's curfew hours at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday night (1:00 p.m. on dance nights). After women's "hours" (as they were called) the Monon Grill would fill up with college men who came in to get a late dinner/early breakfast.

The people that owned the Grill at that time were the Torr(sp) family. They were great folks and were always happy to have the weekend business from the college men. The Torr family later opened a larger restaurant at the intersection of US 40 and US 231 south of Greencastle. It is now closed.

- George Lortz -


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