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Bagels and Joe is planning a third Lincoln location at 7811 Pioneers Boulevard. Its other locations are at 48th Street and Old Cheney Road and a couple of blocks north of 84th and Holdrege Streets.

* The owner of El Potrero in Lincoln as well as several other Nebraska Mexican restaurants has been accused by the U.S. Labor Department of not paying minimum wage or correct overtime wages.

* The company that owns Lincoln's three Applebee's restaurants has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The restaurants remain open. RMH Franchise, the second-largest Applebee's franchisee, owns 163 locations in 15 states.

* Lincoln's first McAlister's Deli location officially opens at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the former Boston Market location at 500 N. 48th St.

* Panera Bread is now delivering to addresses that are within eight minutes of a Panera location. In Lincoln, Panera has restaurants at 12th and P streets, Gateway Mall and SouthPointe Pavilions.

* Zipline Brewing and Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are partnering to make limited-edition beers that will support conservation of four different animals. Red Panda Wheat is the first, and will debut at the zoo's Brew at the Zoo event on July 14.

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On our plate

HONEST ABE'S, 126 N. 14th St. — The father-daughter date — a longstanding tradition with our one and only, who will graduate from law school next weekend in sunny San Diego — may have reached new levels during her last trip to the Midwest. After perusing downtown Lincoln for used records (who knew she would seek out vinyl?), we happened across perhaps the best burger place in town. Honest Abe's, which has three Lincoln locations, possesses a funky vibe, an upstairs dining area and some of the tastiest Parmesan truffle fries I've had in a while. But fries are a side dish. A burger has to be able to stand on its own merit. It did that — and more. Try any of the five burgers on Honest Abe's menu (not including the veggie burger or the burger of the week). Kaylin ordered the Fireside, a six-ounce patty on a brioche bun with jalapeno-bacon crumble, Sriracha ketchup, cumin lime mayo and pepper jack cheese. I wasn't nearly so daring. Then again, I didn't need to be. How do you bypass something called the Greatest Burger Ever? It featured chopped bacon, caramelized onions, American cheese and was topped with something called Awesome sauce that didn't disappoint in living up to its moniker. The meal was a new take on an American staple — and a dining experience that will be revisited the next time she's in town. — Pat Sangimino

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