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Reviewed: Stella Blues

BRUTAL experience the last time we were here. Went there for drinks around 9pm. Asked the bartender where a beer came from, she said Illinois, then northern IL. I said cool and that I was originally from northern IL. She promptly said, "Oh, a F.I.B.". She then looked back over her shoulder while she was ringing up the bill and again said "F.I.B." Asked why she would say that, she mentioned that she is proud of being from WI. (Hey, I have been here for a few years). After a little "conversation" back and forth, she said she was sorry, since it offended me. Manager was there, and she said, "What more do you want me to do?" Manager never came over to the table to apologize, and the place was near empty. Wrote a letter to the owners just stating the facts and no reply two weeks later. Are you kidding me? As you can see, we were big fans of this place. Not anymore. We can never go back.

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Reviewed: Stella Blues

BRUTAL experience the last time we were here. Went there for drinks around 9pm. Asked the bartender where a beer came from, she said Illinois, then northern IL. I said cool and that I was originally from northern IL. She promptly said, "Oh, a F.I.B.". She then looked back over her shoulder while she was ringing up the bill and again said "F.I.B." Asked why she would say that, she mentioned that she is proud of being from WI. (Hey, I have been here for a few years). After a little "conversation" back and forth, she said she was sorry, since it offended me. Manager was there, and she said, "What more do you want me to do?" Manager never came over to the table to apologize, and the place was near empty. Wrote a letter to the owners just stating the facts and no reply two weeks later. Are you kidding me? As you can see, we were big fans of this place. Not anymore. We can never go back.

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Reviewed: Taverna Grill (closed, new ownership)

I would give them a 2.75 - 3.0. Went there to watch a Sunday football game. Food was a little above average, even though we did not branch out too much on the menu. I liked the atmosphere inside for watching a game. A lot of great natural light coming in. Nice patio, especially considering it is in a stripmall area that has zero sense-of-place. I think I will go back again for a game and order something else. They could/should improve their WI on-tap beer selection (Central Waters, Rush River, etc). I would have bought one, if their selection was better. Service was good.

Streets - General Discussion

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Disappointment last evening with the three alternatives. Although it is a decent improvement over the battered runway that exists now, I was looking for more. I appreciate and have enjoyed the process to date and opportunities for public input. However, the proposals should have more uniqueness, more innovation, and more connecting the Eastside Hill with the street, and the opposite side of the street. Let’s ask some questions like, do we really need right-turn lanes. And how about separating vehicles and bikes with a curb, and then bikes and the sidewalk with another curb. Having multi-use paths along the street makes it feel more like Clairemont. With what I saw, I will still not be frequenting and spending my money along Hastings Way, even though I only live a five minute walk away. This ROW is still going to be wide and not offer any sort of feeling or connectivity with the surrounding area. Let’s create a neighborhood here, not still get traffic as quickly from point A to point B.

Movement on Hastings Way

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They better be bringing something INN...O...VA...TIVE. A lot of people are expecting top-notch/on the edge design and ideas.

Phark restroom issue rears its head (once…

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Personally, the bathrooms at Barstow are really not that far. One should plan ahead and use what we have. I think we are getting pretty spoiled. It is not really realistic to think that we should have two sets of publicly funded bathrooms literally 1/4 mile from each other, and that is not even cutting through the parking lot. 1/4 there, two minutes to complete your duty and wash your hands, and one minute back. That is less than five minutes. Building an additional one, to me, seems very excessive.

So if the city decides to build something, why not implement a user-fee. Yep, just like they do in many places around the world, even in other cities in the U.S. That would help pay for some of the costs and maintenance of the facility. Myself, I would say $1 to use it, but even as cheap at 50 cents would be ok, I guess. Also, it does not need to be as fancy as the Barstow one. We can have two simple unisex single-toilet bathrooms. Keep it simple and make users pay to "go".

That is my opinion, and I am sticking to it.

A Bar Cry

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I am going to agree with Trevor on this one. While vacationing and living other places, there are some pretty unique bars out there that offer a lot of great things. I am not sure if I would consider many of ours unique, have a killer atmosphere, etc, just different brands of a typical Wisconsin bar or typical college bar that can be found in a lot of places (not that I don't like going to them). Speaking of having one with great pizza, we just need great pizza in this city, period. Put that with a nice assortment on tap and you have yourself a Prince Fielder homerun. Visited this place in SD, crazy good and amazing atmosphere.
http://www.blindladyalehouse.com/

Turk's Head Coffee House

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Very reasonable, in my opinion.
http://www.allmenus.com/wi/eau-claire/293237-turks-head-coffee-house/menu/lunch/

Jewel of India

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Imagine what the environment would be like downtown and on Water St./Grand Ave. if when everyone in the city went out to eat, even just half the time they did it downtown/Water/Grand. Then, while you are there, just walk into a couple of stores. Are you kidding me? Talk about immediately creating vibrant areas. I challenge everyone to do it for the rest of the summer. There are a ton of great options. You will enjoy it and continue on after the summer is over.

Hastings Changings

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Ryan, Kevin, and others concerned about winter and snow. Instead of saying that we are not like Miami and places like that, I like to think of it a different way. We have less snow and shorter winters than many cities in Canada and throughout the Nordic countries. A heck of a lot of these cities (probably most in the Nordic countries) have streets that are designed in ways that V1/people are describing here. So, in my opinion, it should be easier for us to do them in Eau Claire, than say central Norway or Sweden.

10 Cities with "Street Environments" Worth…

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Why not Eau Claire? We have done so much over the past five years (farmers market, bike facilities, outdoor concerts, new events/festivals, redevelopment downtown) and people are using it. Look at these pictures. Why not us? The time is NOW. There are no excuses.

Reinventing Our Streets - An Introduction

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I hope the business owners along Hastings and downtown realize that abundant parking and multiple car lanes do not equal more business. My family is looking for a place in town where we can go and enjoy for two or three hours (heck half the day), and I am not talking about the mall. We want to shop, eat, socialize, be a part of a community, etc. We get a small part of that feeling on Water St., and a small, but growing feeling of that downtown. That is what is so great about the farmers market, even though it is rather isolated, at least at this time. Downtown is still pretty close to a one stop destination, at least for most people. We need to create a feel to downtown, and the way streets and public places are designed is a big part of that. If an environment where we want to be and feel part of society/community is created along Hastings or downtown, we will be there, and we will be spending our money.

Radical Idea: No Park

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I like this idea a lot. Heck, if the City builds them, I will buy $30 worth of perennials and plant them in one of them myself.

Reinventing Barstow Street

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I really like the discussion here, especially about a public square downtown. Two places I would propose. First, the parking lot at Grand and Barstow. I also like Nick's idea of mixed use, but please, let us go at least four stories. I am sure that there are ways to have both and the square (which would end up being more of a public space) could be well designed and incorporate a nice area to sit, wait for a bus, etc.

A second place that I am starting to imagine is the block of Grand between Graham and Barstow. No real storefronts to "take" parking away from, and it is a natural corridor from the Grand Ave bridge and (what I consider) the center of downtown: Barstow and Grand interestion. Speaking of which, that intersection would have street pavement like in front of RCU connecting with the bridge. That square/ped area on Grand could be made to look really special, and of course include an ice skating rink in the winter. Options and opportunities are endless. We really want a place downtown where we can sit outside in a public place and enjoy some fresh bakery, ice cream, or sandwich.

Fighting for history ... or renter…

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There are countless examples of great urban design where a taller structure was built in an area that historically was low-rise. If done right (not like the boring, parking lot facing Water St., and without character new development with Burrachos), it would add to the neighborhood and increase density, which is what people have wanted to improve the vibrancy of downtown and Water St. I think five-stories would be too high, but personally, I would be disappointed if any new construction was two-stories or shorter.

Do we need an arts-based charter school?

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I would like to see this group make a push for languages as well. Imagine the economic and cultural advantages the City would have had if 30 years ago there was a requirement that one foreign language was required starting in 1st grade and an additional one in middle school. It is not too late. A 21st Century education is needed.

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Reviewed: The Nucleus Café

If we ate out more, we would head here every other week. This is one of the best places in town. I don't care if you are eating breakfast or lunch, there are so many good things to pick, it is tough to decide. We take people from out of town here, and they love it as well. The service is top-notch as well. Hey Nucleus, keep what you are doing. You are getting it done.

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Reviewed: Tacos Juanita Mexican Restaurant

Still the best Mexican food in town. The Bistec Ranchero is top-notch. You will have to finish it and you will be hurting. Nice environment for kids. If you go five times, four times, you will walk away impressed, and one time you might think it is average. Fair prices. For Eau Claire, five stars.