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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

June 6, 2013


By: Nathan Brown

TripAdvisor Excellence BadgeThe Keeter Center’s Dobyns Dining Room at College of the Ozarks has recently been awarded the TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence. This prestigious award, which places the College’s Dining Room in the top-performing 10 percent of all businesses worldwide, is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan the perfect trip by offering trusted advice from real travelers around the world. The Keeter Center was rewarded for maintaining an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, over the last 12 months. In the past year, Dobyns received an overall rating of five and has 302 reviews.

One recent guest who calls himself “Excelsior 1988” wrote, “The staff at Dobyns Dining Room works hard to provide an experience you won't forget! This family friendly restaurant strives to provide the best possible service and food! The history of the College and the stories of the servers also add to the interest of the place! Definitely a must when you visit Branson.”

“By giving this award, TripAdvisor is recognizing the hard work of the students,” said Assistant Restaurant Manager Kiley Hutcheson. “This award comes from many positive reviews and not only gives students an appreciation for their work, but motivates them to work harder.”

Dobyns Dining Room is home to some of the Ozarks’ finest dining. Under the guidance of industry professionals, it is operated entirely by students, equipping them with skills for the hospitality and food service industries.

“Working in the Dobyns Dining Room provides a great way for students to build relationships with other students on campus,” said Nicole Kramer, a sophomore student and hostess at Dobyns. “It is an incredible opportunity to thrive and meet people from all over the world.”

Dobyns Dining Room is open from 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sundays. For more information or to make reservations, call 417-690-2146 or visit


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