A stop at the new Toast in Fallbrook is kind of like a trip to the museum.
That's because the owners - Tony and Wendy Young and Mike Martin - used materials from old Lincoln and Omaha establishments in creating their new venue.
The trim and baseboard are from Lincoln's Whittier Junior High, the cabinets behind the bar are from the Burlington Station in Omaha, and the bar's brass rail is from Mr. C's restaurant in Omaha.
"We wanted to give you a sense of character and history as soon as you walk in," Tony Young said. "There's already history here that you can't get from new construction."
The new stuff isn't bad, either. Check out the distinctive hanging lights in the middle of the dining room and the big painted logo on the floor.
The Youngs and Martin are former longtime Telesis employees, the parent company to Lazlo's and Fireworks. They created a stir when they opened Toast nearly three weeks ago.
Their concept is relatively unique for Lincoln. Toast is a coffeeshop, but it's also a deli, with soups, sandwiches and salads available, and a bar, catering to the late-night crowd. The closest thing to it would be Bread & Cup in the Haymarket.
Toast is a perfect fit for Fallbrook, a development in northwest Lincoln that resembles a small town, with residential and commercial areas.
"We had to put aside normal thinking," Tony Young said. "If we just did coffee or just did the deli, it wouldn't work."
Toast has partnered with several Lincoln businesses for many of its menu items, including The Mill (gourmet coffee), Maggie's and the Grain Bin (pastries), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dairy Store (ice cream).
The big draws are the sandwiches and salads. They are available all day but have been quite popular at lunch.
The deli menu is a work in progress, with limited cold sandwich and salad selections, ranging from $4 to $6.
Only four soups are available, too - chicken noodle, cheesy tortilla, tomato basil and tomato dill. On my visit, just two of the four were being sold.
The plan, Tony Young said, is to start small and expand. Toast would be wise to add hot sandwiches and more soup varieties soon.
The menu is a tip of the hat to Toast's decor, with sandwiches named for places (Mr. C's, Whittier, Burlington, etc.) that provided materials.
I had a School House Club, with Genoa salami, roast beef, smoked ham and turkey, cheddar and mayo. My co-worker enjoyed Prime Time, a roast beef sandwich with provolone and horseradish mayo. Each sandwich was $5.50, and we added soup for $2 more.
Sandwiches are made on white or wheat hoagie rolls, which are baked each morning. Patrons can have their bread toasted.
I like how Toast is a little bit of something for everyone. It really works for that location.
Reach Jeff Korbelik at 473-7213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.