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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thursday Tidbits

New Room at the Inn
Now that the retail shop is gone from Zionsville's Brick Street Inn, that space will be added to the new Lobby Lounge. Word is that the LLounge will have cocktails, an extensive by-the-glass wine list, a good selection of microbrews (something Zionsville sorely lacks) and a late-night munchie menu. Opening is targeted for February.

Think of them as Macrobrews
Costco is preparing to release its own line of beers. Their new Hefeweizen, Amber Ale and Pale Ale will be brewed by California craft brewer Gordon Biersch, which also brews private-label beers for Trader Joe's.

Starbucks puts U.S. stores on back burner
Ubiquitous coffee retailer Starbucks has announced plans to close 100 underperforming stores, cut back on new store openings in the U.S., and strengthen its international presence. Starbucks will also stop offering breakfast sandwiches, citing customer comments that the food smells interfered with coffee aromas.

One of the things I like best about camping is the food — it really does seem that everything cooked outside tastes better. However, I'm not sure that would be the case with the canned cheeseburger offered by a German company.

It's a whole cheeseburger in a can, complete with bun, pickles and ketchup, and at €3.95 it ain't cheap. It's meant to be boiled in the can until warm, then opened and consumed, preferably when you're so ravenous that marinated hiking boot sounds pretty good. One adventurous researcher put the canned burger to the test and filed a report.
J. Silverheels Gray, 9:51 AM


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