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Biz Buzz: Longtime Lincoln restaurant cutting back
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Biz Buzz: Longtime Lincoln restaurant cutting back

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One well-known Lincoln restaurant will be significantly cutting back its operations soon, with its owner citing the need to spend more time with family.

Pepe Fierro, owner of Pepe's Bistro at 11th and B streets, announced on social media that he'll be cutting back on service and will no longer have regular hours for the dining room starting in November.

But after media reports Thursday made it sound like the restaurant would be closing, Fierro clarified that he's simply cutting back so he can spend more time with his 85-year-old mother.

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Pepe Fierro at his restaurant Pepe's Kitchen in April 2019.

"Just to clarify. I'm not closing the doors to Pepe's. I'm cutting back on type of service to free up time to spend with mom," he said in a Friday Instagram post. "You can still come in and grab something from the cooler, order a hot soup, hot Mexican-style chocolate or hot burrito of the day. You just won't see me as much because my amazing coworkers will be running the show."

He said he's also planning to do catering and pop-up shops and will hold occasional brunches.

Pepe's, which focuses on vegan and vegetarian Mexican cuisine, has been open for 13 years in various locations. It started out in Havelock, moved to locations in Indian Village and The Haymarket and also operated for a time out of a food truck before winding up at 11th and B.

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Speaking of Havelock, a new barbecue restaurant opened there last week.

Boxcar BBQ had a soft opening earlier this month at its space at 6105 Havelock Ave., across the street from the Joyo theater, and announced recently that it's fully open with regular hours from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

According to a menu posted on its Facebook page, Boxcar offers traditional barbecue fare such as ribs and pulled pork, along with sides that include coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and pork and beans. It also serves beer.

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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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