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Wahoo's Tacos now open
Wahoo's Tacos and More is open in downtown Lincoln.
The restaurant serves Mexican, Brazilian and Asian menu items, including burritos, bowls and its popular fish taco with green sauce.
The Lincoln location is catering to college students with late-night dining, a full bar and 3-D televisions, but also to families, with indoor stroller parking and ramps.
Wahoo's has more than 50 locations in California, Colorado, Texas and Hawaii. This is its first store in the Midwest.
The restaurant is at 210 N. 14th St., near the corner of 14th and O Streets.
No Benson Ted & Wally's
Despite lots of celebration earlier this week on Facebook and Twitter, the owner of Ted and Wally's Ice Cream says he isn't planning to open a second location in Benson.
“I am happy for all the excitement, but it's not going to be happening anytime soon,” owner Joe Pittack said.
He said he purchased a building at 6023 Maple St. under his own name and he's planning to use it for storage.
“Everyone is hot on the idea that if I'm buying a building I should have a Ted and Wally's there,” he said.
City Councilman Pete Festersen tweeted about the ice cream shop's possible second location and on Facebook, the Benson, Nebraska, page picked up the tweet. Lots of locals left excited comments online.
Pittack said though he has no immediate plans to open a second location in midtown, he might do so five years from now.
“It's not going to be next summer or something,” he said.
Ted and Wally's Ice Cream is in the Old Market at 1120 Jackson St.
Dining with phones?
Here's something to think about the next time you use your phone while dining out.
Eva Restaurant in Los Angeles is giving diners a five percent discount if they leave their phones at the front desk.
Since the policy went into effect about a month ago, the chef/owner said that about half of his customers have left their phones at the door.
The owner said he wants diners to “connect again.” Just not by using their phones, apparently.
I eat out a lot and I see loads of diners on their phones, mostly texting and typing. Not so much talking. Sometimes it's annoying, sure. But I also enjoy seeing photos of what people eat and now there are even social networking sites devoted to that very thing: posting pictures of a meal.
What do you think? Would you leave your phone with the maitre d' for a discount? Or would you rather have it by your side, or on the table, while you dine?
Fundraiser for fresh food
This Sunday, the founders of the Benson Community Garden are having a benefit “Hootenanny” at the Waiting Room Lounge to raise awareness of “food deserts,” urban areas where healthy, affordable food is scarce.
The $5 admission price benefits Food Trailer, a mobile vegetable market that serves such areas. The trailer takes produce from community gardens and local grocers to Omahans in need.
Musicians Josh Koleszar, Tim Sanwick and Anchodo will play and the Localmotive Food Truck will serve food.
The funds will help Food Trailer refurbish so it can act as a greenhouse and growing station. The trailer will distribute seedlings to community gardens, where they will grow produce and give it back for distribution.
The event takes place Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the bar, 6212 Maple St. For more information on Food Trailer, visit foodtrailer.org.
— Staff writer Sarah Baker Hansen
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