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A First Look at Doughboyz

February 16, 2006 at 1:47am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

The Missus and I just arrived home from Doughboyz Bistro (“fun Italian food”). Some of our quick and unorganized thoughts after our opening night visit:

  • The name struck us as a little misleading. “Bistro”, to me, translates to “small, dark, and snooty”. Doughboyz is indeed small and cozy, but it’s not dark and it is definitely not snooty. It’s closer to a pizzeria in my mind, although that isn’t entirely accurate either. Cafe, maybe?
  • The front doors are great. Big, curved, and very unique. Nice first impression.
  • The interior is smallish, but definitely not cramped. As you might expect, the color theme centers around red and green, along with a cream. Peppy big band music played in the background.
  • The servers are young, friendly, and energetic. Then again, it’s easy to be energetic on opening night!
  • There were very few patrons. I think the lengthy opening delays helped to scare folks off. They will come eventually.
  • The Missus and I started with the Artie Spin spinach and artichoke dip, served warm with crunchy bruschetta. Good stuff with a little zing. A bit pricey at $7.85.
  • For our entree we ordered a small DBQ chicken pizza. It was a floppy thin crust pizza topped with a homemade zippy barbeque sauce, onions, chicken, and feta and mozzarella cheese. It was very tasty, and it had a little spiciness to it that separates it from some of the sweeter bbq chicken pizzas in town. We would have liked a few more pieces of chicken on our pie.
  • Watch out for the pizza stands. The Missus managed to dump half of our pie on the table. She blamed it on the stand, but I suspect an element of user-error. (Just kidding, honey!) Spilling a pizza is a good way to get every server in the joint to jump to action lickety-split.
  • There are three sizes of pizzas, 14”, 16”, and 18”. They are labeled as feeding 1-2, 2-3, and 3-4 people, respectively. The 14” easily feeds two people. (Well, two non-teenagers, anyway.) With appetizers, drinks, and desserts, you might even fit three people on a 14 incher. Which raises a problem: a single person can’t really order a pizza without having a ton of leftover slices. That might scare a lot of people off. I would like to see, perhaps, a 10” option for singles.
  • The pizzas were on the pricey side. Ours was $15.50 (another factor that discourages singles from ordering a pizza), and a couple crossed the $20 barrier for the 18” size. In fact, a lot of the prices were on the high side. Clearly Doughboyz has a target audience in mind. Hint: it isn’t the daVinci’s and Valentino’s audience.
  • We were served a complimentary “Piezookie”, a large, warm chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream. Mmm.
  • Other items on the menu included a number of unique pizzas; a couple pastas; several sandwiches; and a kids’ menu. I’m going to try to get my hands on an electronic copy of the menu to share with y’all.
  • The owners are very interested in your feedback, so let them know what you think about any little detail. How do I know? Because one of them spent some good time chatting with The Missus and I. (By the way: sorry I didn’t introduce myself at the restaurant, guys. I wanted to be Joe Public on my first trip so as not to bias your interactions with me.) Lincolnite is read by the folks we talk about, so if you don’t get a chance to talk to the owners personally, feel free to speak to them indirectly on here.

Overall The Missus and I enjoyed Doughboyz, and we will definitely go back. After our second visit—whenever it comes—I will write up a more formal review. (I don’t write reviews until after at least two visits to a restaurant.) [UPDATE: My Doughboyz review is now up.] I encourage y’all to give Doughboyz a try. You may even want to check it out early (i.e. before it gets written up in the Ground Zero), because it looks like you won’t have to worry about a huge crowd. What say we start our own Lincolnite-generated buzz for Doughboyz, shall we?

Finally Open

February 15, 2006 at 6:58pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

After a long wait, The Missus and I are headed to Doughboyz tonight on our weekly Date Night. I’ll give y’all the skinny later tonight or tomorrow. Or better yet, stop on by and celebrate opening night with us.

State Tourney Time

February 15, 2006 at 5:45pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

This time the wrestlers go to the mats to hand out state championships.  Competition begins this Thursday at the Qwest Center.  Yes, that’s right, the state HS wrestling meet is not at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

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Bond Issue Passes

February 15, 2006 at 1:16pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The bond issue passed last night, 63% to 37%, well within my predicted range.

Election Results

February 15, 2006 at 2:00am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

For, those of you who want the absolute latest election results on the LPS bond issue, this is your webpage.

At 8:00 PM, based only on early and absentee ballots, the bond issue was passing 2,827 to 1,916 (60% to 40%).

Looking Up

February 14, 2006 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Will Lincoln have a new high-rise to look up to several years from now? That would be great to see. The major problem I have with the idea is that it is inverted. The idea, as presented by the Journal Star, is to build a parking garage that happens to have a high-rise on top. That is backwards. The emphasis ought to be on bringing in a high rise, with a parking garage on the bottom. If we emphasize the parking garage, we’ll get the parking garage. If we emphasize the high-rise, our odds of getting both are tremendously improved.

Remember The Grand? The proponents (the City, the Downtown Lincoln Association, and others) emphasized the idea of a theater, maybe with some other cool stuff (housing, retail, offices) thrown in. Since the proponents were happy to settle for a theater, they just got a theater. (And a very un-downtowny theater at that.)
Parking garages don’t mean squat in the big scheme of things, and they certainly won’t support the long-term sustainability of Downtown Lincoln. Let’s not settle for just a parking garage.

Bond Issue Vote Prediction

February 14, 2006 at 1:29pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I predict the bond issue will pass today. The margin will be 60/40 in favor, +/- 5 percentage points.

My Vote

February 14, 2006 at 1:22pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Many of you are probably wondering how I’m going to vote on the school bond issue today. To be honest, until fairly recently I wondered how I would vote today. I’ve got my vote figured out now, though.

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Vote Today

February 14, 2006 at 1:21pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Don’t forget to vote today, fellow Lincolnites!

Old-Time TV, We Hardly Knew Ye

February 11, 2006 at 2:48am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Three years from now, its being reported that analog TV will be terminated in 2009, with subsidies identified to replace it with digital. As noted by an MSNBC writer, apparently its time to move over.

High Humor

February 10, 2006 at 1:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I have a confession to make: The Missus and I watched a dirty movie recently. A filthy, wretched, hide-the-kids-and-put-grandma-to-bed kind of movie. Yup, we watched The Aristocrats.

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Smoked Out

February 10, 2006 at 1:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Looks like Lincoln’s last smoking ban holdout—well, other than the Freedom Flyer—is being shut down. Sultana’s Kahve owner Jamal Husein plans to fight the city’s decision. I wish you luck, Mr. Husein, but I don’t think even the multiculturalism card is strong enough to overcome the health nannies.

A Rarity: I Agree with the AG

February 9, 2006 at 6:38pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I can’t believe it, I actually agree with Jon Bruning! He has risked going to jail by asking the state Supreme Court to force Lancaster County District Judge Steven Burns to release his reasons for vacating the grand jury investigating Regent David Hergert.

I also agree with Bruning on this point:

“This is not North Korea,” Bruning said. “This is America. And in America we have a free court system, we have a free people, we have a First Amendment that allows a free press to write down the free speech of its citizens.

“And I am ashamed anytime that our system fails ... by closing itself off and conducting itself in secret,” Bruning said. “This government needs to be open, whether it’s the legislative branch, the executive branch or the judicial branch.”

Trouble is, I’m not sure how much Bruning himself believes it.

Nabity Sez: Cheat the Cheaters

February 9, 2006 at 3:33am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

From the Nabity campaign:

Team Nabity Supporters
KPTM Fox 42 television station in Omaha is doing an online poll that has been running for over a week.

I was in first place for over seven days until KFAB said something this morning and the Osborne and Heineman camps have been stacking the system to get on top.

Please take a minute to log onto http://www.kptm.com and place your vote for Dave Nabity and help us out. I’m told that they count one vote per computer so if you have multiple computers or if you know someone who has an office where there are many computers, please have them vote as well.

Thanks so much and lets go get it done!

Sincerely,

Dave

Ahh, beautiful. It’s nice to see our candidates for governor acting with the maturity and professionalism we expect of them.

Matthew Koso is Going to Jail

February 8, 2006 at 1:24pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Matthew Koso is going to jail for 18-30 months. He may get out on probation after as soon as 9 months.

I’ve given this case some thought and I’ve come to the conclusion that this is as fair an outcome as could have been hoped for. With all due respect to Mr. Koso’s love for his now-wife (which I have to assume is sincere), he was an adult having sex with a child. That he later married that child to “take responsibility” for his actions is only loosely relevant. It does not negate the fact that their marriage arose out of a relationship built upon the disproportionate power of an adult over a child.

Any jail sentence over three years would have been cruel. Even 30 months seems harsh. But overall, I think the sentence handed down by Judge Daniel Bryan was very fair. Despite his firm rhetoric at the sentencing, he acted with restraint. Too much jail time would destroy a family (albeit an unusual one). Too little, and a message is broadcast that the laws protecting Nebraska’s children are weak and not enforced.

It’s still possible that Koso will appeal his sentence. I don’t know that he can hope for a much better outcome than this. Besides, he has other big problems awaiting him, such as how he’ll find good employment while having a sex crime on his record.

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