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Ché Café: ‘Revolutionary’ space hits 50th year on La Jolla's UCSD campus

Ché Café: ‘Revolutionary’ space hits 50th year on La Jolla's UCSD campus

In 1966, three wooden barracks from Camp Matthews (a Marine Corps rifle training post near La Jolla), were moved on to the then-center of the UC San Diego campus. The school reportedly paid for the foundation, plumbing and construction work, and in January 1967 — 50 years ago —the first Student Center opened on campus, unnamed until March of that year when it became the “Coffee Hut.”

“It was made into a greasy spoon, basically a coffee shop, which had all kinds of cultural activities and concerts going on, and then, of course, greasy food,” said Arnie Schoenberg, member of the Ché Café history committee. “In 1979, it was abandoned as a greasy spoon and then taken...

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