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Dear Readers: Do Our Job For Us

November 9, 2005 at 8:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Journal Star apparently isn’t capable of doing its own reporting, so its readers to come to the rescue.

Which begs the question: for what purpose? The Journal Star had the opportunity to print a story on Saturday (the mall event occurred on Friday evening), and they did. If they wanted to run a more detailed article, they could have done so on Sunday. Why are they just now getting around to realizing that news happened nearly a week ago? Why was nobody from the Journal Star on the scene at what should have been a newsworthy event even without the chaos?

New to the Haymarket: Krem Le Bistro

November 7, 2005 at 8:37pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Missus and I dropped by Krem Le Bistro this past weekend. It’s a new restaurant located on the second floor of the Creamery Building, home of Ivanna Cone, Paint Yourself Silly, and a few other local shops. The Missus and I didn’t eat at Krem, having just cleaned our plates at Lazlo’s across the street. Instead, we just took a glance at the menu. We almost stopped in just for dessert—the options were very tempting!—but we were much too full. Krem offers a variety of sandwiches and a few heftier entrees. Prices ranged from about $6.00 to $15.00 or so; the sandwiches were especially affordable.

Some quick impressions of Krem Le Bistro:

  • I worry about the name. My first impression of the name was “Hmph, sounds like a snooty place with tiny portions and high prices.” Not having eaten there yet I can’t speak to the portion size, but the prices looked pretty reasonable. Will the name keep people from ever making it up the stairs to their front door to give them a fair shot?
  • My first impression of the restaurant itself was much more positive. It looked cozy and warm inside, with a pianist performing some very nice pieces. It looked like a place I wouldn’t mind spending some time in.
  • The off-the-street location is a risk, but I think it can work out for them. Word of mouth will be key, which makes excellence in service and food quality throughout this first month especially critical.
  • Krem can only increase Ivanna Cone’s visibility and, by extension, their business. The same will be true for the other small businesses in the building.
  • A quick glance at the menu seemed to offer options for most any diner. Carnivores, vegetarians, and, if I recall correctly, even vegans have some good options. (Don’t trust me on the vegan thing; I may be remembering incorrectly.) The menu is not large, but it still seemed to offer some good choices.

nThe Missus and I may give Krem Le Bistro a try on this week’s date night (Wednesday). We’re going out with another couple, though, so we’ll have to see what they’re in the mood for.

Cougars, Why Do You Scorn Us?

November 7, 2005 at 8:33pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

This probably sounds odd, but I’m a little jealous of Omaha, what with all the cougars showing up around the area. Why can’t we get a couple of those bad boys down here in Lincoln? Omaha gets cougars, and we get turkeys. Typical.

Gateway Unveiled

November 4, 2005 at 3:37pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Many of you will scoff, but I’m actually just a little bit excited about the Westfield Gateway makeover being unveiled at 5:30pm tonight. Some Lincolnites believe that Gateway is an anachronism, an outdated mall destined to fade into obscurity. I’m not so sure. I think Gateway can continue to be a relevant and powerful force among Lincoln’s shopping venues.

I’m very pleased with the resources Westfield has put into Gateway. When Westfield purchased Gateway several years ago I was wary. As it turns out, I needn’t have been. Gateway’s exterior looks better than it has in years. occupancy rates are up, and the likelihood of hearing somebody say “I’m going to Gateway this weekend” isn’t nearly as remote—or giggle-inducing—as it was only a couple years ago. It’s too early to say that Gateway is back. But from the perspective of the Lincoln shopper, it’s nice to know that Southpointe is not the only quality shopping option.

Silent Night, Halloween Night

November 1, 2005 at 3:29pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Silent night, Halloween night
All is calm, no ghouls in sight
Back in my day the night was so wild
Now my doorstep sees nary a child
Where are the young trick-or-treaters?
Where are the young trick-or-treaters?

Silent night, Halloween night
Nobody quakes at the sights
No ghosts or goblins stream up to my door
Who did I buy all this damn candy for?
Criminy this night is boring!
Criminy I am so bored!

Silent night, Halloween night
A lonely moth circles ‘neath the porch light
Oh how I long to hear the trick-or-treats
Instead here I wait eating all of the sweets
Expanding the size of my girth
Oh! Would you look at that girth!

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