January 25, 2000

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ROCHESTER, NY – A hurricane has descended on the Eastman School of Music, filling a caffeine-and-calorie void that’s existed for some years.

Hurricane Down Under, which sells coffees, pastries, sandwiches, calzones and a variety of other snacks and sweets, is the newest addition to the gathering place known as Fingal’s Internet Café. The food shop is operated by Hurricane Deli, a business with popular restaurants on Gibbs Street and Exchange Boulevard in downtown Rochester.

Although Hurricane Down Under has been operating since the beginning of the semester, the grand opening celebration takes place from 4—5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, with music by Beyondo and snacks courtesy of Hurricane proprietor James Graffrath.

The food shop, open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (closed Sundays), makes it possible for students, faculty and staff to get something to eat without leaving the building. The space adjacent to the shop features tables, chairs, a copy machine, a huge bulletin board, and student mailboxes. Eight new iMac computers are available for students to check and send e-mail or surf the Web.

The School renovated the basement area formerly known as Fingal’s Cave, named after a famous cavern in Scotland and a musical work written by Mendelssohn after a visit to the site. The goal was to provide an informal space where students, faculty and staff can get together, relax, have a snack or catch up on news.