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October 13, 2008 - Phyllis Sigal
So, I was on my way to downtown DiCarlo's Friday after work .... (see previous blog ... A Taste of Wheeling ...)

And I walked past the former Nogales restaurant site, where a young man was up on a ladder. I yelled up to him, asking if someone had bought the place.

I was happy to hear his answer was "yes."

He graciously came down the ladder after I continued to ask questions so that he could fill me in on the whole story.

Chris Stadler, who noted that he ran for Wheeling City Council back in 1996, along with business partner Jim Grace, are planning to open the Tiki Bar and Grill at 12th and Market sometime in early December.

Grace and Stadler both grew up in Wheeling, but Grace left town and ran a restaurant in Hawaii for a number of years.

Stadler explained that the Tiki Bar and Grill will serve quite a variety of items, all at good value.

They expect to use Dawson's Meat Market products in their menu items, he said. Dawson's is located just down 12th Street from the restaurant. Not only will it be handy for them, but it's a good, local product, as well.

The menu will boast good burgers, corned beef sandwiches, Reubens, a philly steak sandwich, fresh-cut fries, ice cream and milk shakes, a small seafood menu, "killer" wings and much, much more.

They plan to offer daily lunch specials for $5, and they plan to deliver within the downtown area during the lunch hours.

Beer, wine and mixed drinks will be available.

They expect to be open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with an off-duty police officer working the door.

"We will run a respectable business," Stadler pointed out.

It's always exciting when a new dining establishment opens in Wheeling! I can't wait.

OTHER FOOD NEWS: I got to sample the new Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie from Coldstone Creamery, compliments of Bob the Bread Guy at the Mt. de Chantal Kroger store on Sunday. His cousins run the store at The Highlands and gave him the new product to share. I'm so glad he shared with me. It's YUMMY! It's creamy and tastes just like pumpkin pie — only colder! The spiced whipped topping is a great treat, as well.


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