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Don’t Throw Out That Holiday Fruitcake!

As written for iluvlocalplaces Dec 2014

Everything you see when you enter Rob Foeste’s Broadway Biergarten is by design.  The beautiful tables are imported from Germany.  They were specifically created with a short width to ensure you stay engaged in conversation with your companions.  You will also find imported glassware doting the counters.  The glassware is well made with a thick and heavy feel; the kind that clinks joyfully when you toast to good times.  Rob says, “You wouldn’t put a nice filet mignon on a paper plate.  Why would you put a beer that took six months to get here in the wrong glass?”

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Art Brought to Life, Katy O’ Ferrell’s

as written for iluvlocalplaces Dec 2013

Mark Dirnberger of the Bella Italia is embarking on a journey to resuscitate a Cape Girardeau icon. The Royal N’Orleans standing at 300 Broadway was erected in 1868. During its time it has housed many things, first being a German Social Club, then an Opera House and Masonic Lodge, a Newspaper office and even a laundry service.  Over the years the building has become a grand restaurant.

If you have never been inside the building, there is only one word that can be used to describe it: stunning.  It is the kind of intense architecture and decor that you can’t soak in during one visit.  There are archways, ornate rails, lamp posts, chandeliers and seating that is sectioned off for an intimate feel.  It is easy to see why the N’Orleans was the place to be in its heyday.

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