News Release

Remembering Dunlap's

Nearly 500 people came to the Bootsma Bookstore Café’s special event Remembering Dunlap's on July 29. This night allowed the community to reminisce with friends at the former neighborhood restaurant that was purchased by the College in 2005, renovated, and opened in February 2008 as Trinity’s new bookstore café.

Long-time friends and faithful customers of the former Dunlap’s flooded the doors to stand in line once more for a taste of the signature chicken and dumplings dish while Trinity staff served punch to the eager visitors. All hands pitched in to make this a special night for both the Dunlap family and the community.

Visitors enjoyed a night of mingling with friends and a chance to talk with Pat Hopf (Dunlap) and Marilyn Dunlap.

Some people re-connected with family and high school friends while others met for the first time. Ken Bootsma, former Trinity president and BBC supporter, visited with former Dunlap’s owner Pat Hopf.

President Steve Timmermans said, “This was a wonderful opportunity for the community to see how Trinity has repurposed this neighborhood landmark to still be a place of service, not only to our students, but to the community.  It was also a chance for the College to honor the Dunlap family.”

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