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Dining Out: Culinary Underground

Culinary Underground owners Kevin Knudson (left) and Mark Creglow pose inside the new Haymarket restaurant.

Culinary Underground in the Haymarket is closing Friday as a full-service restaurant for financial reasons, according to co-owner Mark Creglow.

“The Haymarket is tougher than I am,” said Creglow, who owned the restaurant with Kevin Knudson. “We got some good reviews, including some five-star ones on Yelp, but we never got that consistency.”

Creglow and Knudson will run Culinary Underground as a catering kitchen. Their lease at 803 Q St. runs through May.

The duo also will retain their special events center and tavern in the Lincoln Hide and Fur Building at 728 Q St. Culinary Underground took over the space from Inglenook in October, renting it out for parties, meetings and more on nights it’s not open as a bar.

“The special events place is going great,” Creglow said. “We already have events booked into October for it.

Knudson, who also owns Greenfield’s Cafe in south Lincoln, and Creglow originally opened Culinary Undergound in September 2015 as BLINK!, a fast casual restaurant specializing in sandwiches and salads. They changed the concept in April to full service and added a bar.

Creglow said the restaurant employs 18 people full and part time. Some of them will remain with the catering operation.

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Jeff Korbelik is the features editor and covers dining, performing arts, TV and local media. Follow him at @LJSjeffkorbelik.

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