The Rock Island Social Club opens Friday, with an emphasis on “social.”
That’s how Andrew Fuller describes the new venture at 2110 Winthrop Road, where he used to own and operate the full-service restaurant Henry’s on South.
Fuller, who holds the lease to the location, closed Henry's in February with hopes of finding a buyer.
Instead, he’s reopening it with silent partners as a multi-use facility and nightclub.
“(My partners) don’t want it to be labeled as a bar,” Fuller said.
Rock Island will serve craft beers, boutique wines and specialty cocktails. Hours are from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. No food will be available other than cheese and meat boards, Fuller said.
However, since the location has a kitchen, Rock Island is open to local chefs and cooks as a pop-up kitchen or as a home to culinary classes and other food-oriented events and activities.
Rock Island also can be used for meetings, special events, receptions, and -- get this -- is free to nonprofits. Flatwater Shakespeare Company, for instance, used it in May during “Give to Lincoln,” Fuller said.
“We’re really hoping for community involvement,” Fuller said.
Other ideas include “Food Truck Fridays,” with trucks parking and selling food that can be enjoyed inside Rock Island; “Turntable Tuesdays,” in which patrons can play and rate entire albums; and collaborative events with Iron Tail art gallery, which provided the train mural inside Rock Island.
First Bite is Thursday
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The Lincoln Journal Star's First Bite Event, the precursor to Lincoln Restaurant Week (June 24-30), will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cornhusker Marriott, 333 S. 13th St. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP tickets are $40. For reservations, go to lincolnrestaurantweek.com.
Brewsky’s serves breakfast
Brewsky’s in the Haymarket is serving breakfast from 8 to 10:45 a.m. Saturdays in conjunction with the farmers market. The restaurant at 201 N. Eighth St. has 11 menu items, ranging from an egg/sausage/potatoes classic breakfast to Brewsky’s original yogurt pancakes. Breakfast is available only at the Haymarket store.
Peyton’s Best closes
I received a few emails inquiring about Peyton’s Best, the restaurant selling Italian beef sandwiches and Chicago-style hot dogs at 17th and Q streets. Yes, it’s closed. Owner Jason Ables was sentenced to 1-3 years in prison for selling marijuana.
Hurts Donut opens Monday
The new Hurts Donut, located in the Grand Manse at Ninth and P streets, will open Monday. From pictures on Facebook, several specialty doughnuts are likely to be available, including one covered in Froot Loops.
Jeff’s Top Five: Chinese
The next Jeff’s Top Five: Second Edition will feature my favorite Chinese restaurants in Lincoln. You can vote in our survey, which will be posted Friday at JournalStar.com. There will be many to choose from because Lincoln is home to a variety of Chinese eateries.
Heading on vacation
I’ll be gone for the next two weeks, so there will be no dining reviews, Jeff’s Top Fives, stories or columns. When I return, I’ll begin my annual July road trips to restaurants outside of Lincoln. If you have any to suggest, drop me an email at email@example.com.