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Honest Abe's

Honest Abe’s Burgers and Freedom serves alcohol at its downtown location and wants to expand sales to its other locations.

Honest Abe's Burgers & Freedom has found alcohol popular at its downtown location and is looking to expand service to its other locations.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission on Wednesday approved plans for the restaurant to sell alcohol at its location in the Meadowlane shopping center at 70th and Vine streets by unanimously approving a special permit for the location to sell on-sale alcohol.

Unlike retailers that sell off-sale alcohol, which have to be at least 100 feet away from residential districts, restaurants that sell on-sale alcohol that makes up no more than 40 percent of their gross sales only need to be 25 feet away.

According to a Planning Department staff report, Honest Abe's is about 70 feet away from the nearest residential zoning, and the building it's in is 30 feet away at its closest point.

Ground Up Restaurants, which owns Honest Abe's, said in its application to the Planning Commission that it is planning to serve beer and "adult milkshakes" at all four of its locations.

"These have proven to be successful at our downtown location, with many people requesting it at our other locations," said the letter, which was signed by food and beverage director Patrick Durkin.

The letter said Honest Abe's does not plan to sell cocktails or other alcoholic drinks.

In addition to the Meadowlane location and the downtown one at 126 N. 14th St., there's an Honest Abe's at 2662 Cornhusker Highway and a fourth one under development at 84th Street and GlynOaks Drive scheduled to open later this year.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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