Lunch Time, 1990

I love this image of the sign outside Autry House. Even without enlarging it you can see that it says near the bottom “Refectory Cafeteria, Open for Lunch Monday – Friday.” It was taken in the fall of 1990 (by Caroline Conn per the label on the back), just before I arrived at Rice:

New Autry House refectory 1990 by Caroline Conn

I ate there often in my first years here and I have fond memories indeed of the chicken and sausage gumbo, followed by a piece of coconut cream pie. I also love the old fashioned word “refectory,” which nicely captures the warm feeling of communal meals with my fellow graduate students.

Those were really the days.

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4 Responses to Lunch Time, 1990

  1. marmer01 says:

    Hmmm. Chicken and sausage gumbo, coconut cream pie. Wonder if they were a satellite of the Treebeards at Christ Church Cathedral?

  2. effegee says:

    It’s been there a while. The late History Professor Charles Garside took his Baker College freshman group there in 1969.

  3. joni says:

    Oh my, the food and atmosphere were so good! I went a few times when doing my ortho sports fellowship at Hermann Professional Building and with the Rice sports teams in 1994-95. Had to stop going or would’ve looked like a blimp with all those awesome lunches!

  4. Carolyn Brewer says:

    Was the Chef at the time the lady who had done the food at Autry House when they served meals there daily? I cannot recall her name but her food was special. Could explain Refectory.

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