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Welcome to the home of Temple University's newest addition:
A 24-hour cafe on Temple's main campus!

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Night Owl plans to open for Temple's Fall 2011 semester.

Look around the site to find out more or stop by Tristan Video and discuss it with the owner.
Below are updates that show what's been happening with Night Owl leading up to opening day.


October 1st, 2010

Meeting Scheduled

We'll be meeting with Beech Interplex this coming Wednesday to discuss the location and for us to really get an idea about the size, pricing and other details. More information will be posted this time next week.

August 16th, 2010

Updated Plan

Well, it turns out we've lost the lease for the location at 1936 Liacouras Walk. We entered discussions with The Edge, but they've decided to re-model their retail locations and create a lounge without any outside food. We even tried the old Owl's Nest spot, but it was snatched up by someone else before we got there.

We're now exploring the possibility of moving in at 16th & Cecil B. Moore. A new four-story residence for international students is being built and will have three retail spots on the ground floor. The location will be cheaper and bigger than the current spot on Liacouras. It'll also be part of a residence, which means that we'll be much more involved with the student community instead of being isolated in a shopping center.

So yeah, that's where we stand now. Construction begins in the next week or two and it'll be complete in August, 2011. A full year behind schedule, but we believe the new location more appropriately fits our philosophy and dream.

More updates as we enter into talks with Beech Interplex and hammer out all the details.

July 13th, 2010

Alternative Location and Plan

Alternative plans are being explored in the event of the landlord denying a lease. The current option is to create a more laid-back version of Night Owl at The Edge next to Jimmy John's. It will be more cafe style instead of diner, and it'll include a performance space and lots of comfortable places to sit with couches.

While it may not be what we originally hoped to create, it will certainly be a lot more fun to operate, provide the same products as Night Owl, and have the additional benefit of extra space. We're very hopeful that The Edge likes the idea and wants to work with us.

July 10th, 2010

First Employee Meeting

Today, the Night Owl staff met together for the first time. Due to rain, the meeting took place at Tristan Video instead of at the Bell Tower. Many get-to-know-each-other games were played and information about training was given to everyone.

Staff training will take place at the end of August after everyone returns from summer break.

June 25th, 2010

Construction Approval Delayed

Unfortunately, construction and renovation is delayed due to the slow approval process of Temple's business services. We are told that it could take another two months, which would delay the opening date until the beginning of October.

A lot of people are affected by this change, including our four managers, 34 hired staff, the dozen investors, and the construction crew, so we will be doing everything we can to help speed up the approval process. We'll keep you updated as we learn more.

June 22nd, 2010

Last Two Open Houses

We may have over $60,000, but there's still more to go! Two more open houses are being held, specifically for staff, faculty and other members of the Temple community. Plenty of food and drink, most of which is being handmade by the lovely Tamar, Night Owl's general manager.

Thursday, June 24th, 7pm-10pm
Sunday, June 27th, Noon-3pm

We have two open houses to work around everyone's schedules. Be sure to stop by to one or both!

June 5th, 2010

Only one month left to invest

We've seen a lot of renewed interest in the past two weeks, as we've now raised over $50,000. Investment opportunities close at the end of June, so there's only four weeks left to invest.

Renovations begin this week with measurements taken for all of the custom-made areas such as the bar and cabinets. Shelves and empty cases will be taken out in two weeks while construction begins. Tristan Video will remain open for business throughout June and some of July. We will close completely for the last two weeks of July and the first week of August for the final stages of renovation.

Stop by anytime during business hours (Mon-Sat, 12pm-10pm) to see all the changes!

May 14th, 2010

We've raised over $25,000!

Yup, that's right! We're well on our way to raising the necessary start-up funds. $25,000 raised in only ten days! We'd like to start out with $120,000, so check out the investments page and see how you can be a part of Night Owl's success!

May 7th, 2010

New Sections of the Site

We've updated several sections of the webpage. Check out the new menu, investment page, and forms on both the investments and contact page.

We've also added all updates on the home page so you can see what's been happening. The newest entry will always appear at the top. :)

May 5th, 2010

Open House Results

Well it looks like the open house went very well. About seventy employment applications and ten investment sign-ups were received. Due to the high interest, we are no longer accepting applications and will be choosing from the ones already received.

Information about Night Owl will remain around the store, so stop by and find out more about it! We will continue accepting investments, but only until the end of May.

May 1st, 2010

Night Owl Open House!

Night Owl will be holding a huge open house on May 4th, 3pm-7pm. Stop by to learn about the new diner, apply for a position and try out some of the delicious foods that will be served!

This will also be your first chance to be a part of Night Owl. Purchase gift certificates for food and get free rentals, invest in Night Owl's success and get a sizable return. Details can be found on our investments page.

April 22nd, 2010

Website Launched

The website is now up and running, but you already know that because you're here! The site is a little bare, but we're working on getting everything up and available. We will be adding the menu, investment information, and a contact page. Come back soon and check it out!
Night Owl & TBE 2010