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Review: Revamped buffet takes food seriously

Review: Revamped buffet takes food seriously

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews U-Like Asian Buffet  

Sometimes a name can be deceiving. When I heard U-Like Asian Buffet was taking over for the space formerly occupied by China One on the west side, I thought it was going to be a gimmicky restaurant. But I still welcomed a recent invitation to dine there, and I discovered a completely revamped establishment that takes food--and decor--seriously.

The buffet ($8.95 at lunch, $12.95 at dinner) includes mostly the Chinese food you would expect: General Tso's chicken, lo mein, dumplings, etc. But there are also items like frog legs and crawfish, plus some American items and desserts, a sushi station, a noodle station and hibachi grill.

Read more at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

Badgers game brings potential shoppers to Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday in Madison saw an extra several thousand potential shoppers on the streets, thanks to the Badgers' final home game.

Whether that additional foot traffic benefits local shops, though, is up in the air.

Mary Carbine, executive director for Madison Central Business Improvement District, says every home game brings big business to small shops in the State Street area.

"What is so much a part of the Badger game experience for many people is visiting State Street and the Capitol square," Carbine said. "Badger athletics is terrific for downtown business and downtown shopping."

The outlook is a little different several blocks away, on Monroe Street. Carol 'Orange' Schroeder, the owner of Orange Tree Imports, says she would prefer home games don't fall on the same Saturday as the first big shopping weekend of the holiday season.

Attempted robber leaves empty handed as workers flee

Attempted robber leaves empty handed as workers flee

A man attempting to rob a west Madison restaurant left empty handed after the employees fled the store, police said.

Madison police said a man entered the Taco Bell on Whitney Way Thursday at 11:37 p.m. and whispered to a store employee to "Shh, come here." The man was wearing a black coat and a black stocking cap pulled down just above his eyes. The man lifted his coat exposing a handgun.

The 22-year-old employee was scared, turned and quickly walked to the back door, police said. As he was leaving he passed the 18-year-old female cook and whispered to her that she should also leave. The cook saw the robber and headed out the back.

Police said there was a customer in the drive-thru unaware of the attempted robbery in progress.

Construction prompts closure of Walgreens at Verona Road

Construction prompts closure of Walgreens at Verona Road

The drugstore that's been on Verona Road nearly 20 years is scheduled to close before the end of the year because of construction in the area, the company said Thursday.

Corporate Walgreens spokesman Phil Caruso said the store at 4641 Verona Road will close Dec. 30 and that construction on Verona Road was a factor in the decision to close the store.

Caruso said customers with prescriptions on file at the Verona Road store will automatically have their prescriptions transferred to the store at 5702 Raymond Road.

The majority of the employees at the Verona Road store will be placed in jobs at other area Walgreens location, Caruso added.

He said the decision to close the Verona Road store was not easy.

Construction set to begin on Hilldale Mall project

Construction set to begin on Hilldale Mall project

Construction on a redevelopment of Hilldale Mall is set to begin with demolition Sept 4.

A mall spokesman said a construction bear claw will rip out the first sections of the old mall following a short press conference.

The project is expected to take the existing enclosed mall area between Metcalfe?s and Macy?s and create an open-air streetscape, officials said. The plan shows outward facing storefronts along the existing streets in the area, and adds an open-air retail connection through a pedestrian walkway to the west parking lot with additional storefronts.

The 53,000-square-foot redevelopment is scheduled to open in 2015.

Mall to upgrade bathrooms, carpet

Mall to upgrade bathrooms, carpet

West Madison shoppers will notice a few areas of the mall under construction for several weeks as crews work to update bathrooms and flooring in several areas, according to a release.

The West Towne Mall said Friday that construction to the bathrooms near the food cart will begin Monday. The tile, lighting, plumbing fixtures and finishes will be replaced in the men's and women's bathrooms. The bathrooms near the mall office will begin renovations after the food court restrooms are finished.

West Towne Mall General Manager Paul Matyas said the revamped bathrooms will have touch-free fixtures and barrier-free entrances.

Carpet will be replaced in several areas throughout the mall beginning Wednesday. Soft seating areas will receive new carpet treatments and areas near the Apple Store and Pottery Barn will have carpet put in.

Work will be done throughout the day and overnight and is expected to be finished by early September, according to the release.

3 generations celebrate bakery's 60th anniversary

Three generations of men were on Madison's south side at the bakery named for the family to celebrate a milestone Thursday morning. 

"It's been a lot of hard work, a lot of struggles, moving from location to location. But it's all been worth it," Chuck Lane said.

Lane's Bakery celebrated a grand re-opening and anniversary at its new location, about a mile and a half south of its former operation on South Park Street. Lane's closed for about a year before reopening Dec. 18, 2013. The first store originally opened its doors in 1954.

A frosted filled favorite from the eatery, Lane's kringle, would become a specialty. The bakery makes nearly 200 kringles a week, with peak kringle popularity on Fridays and Saturdays.