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Morning Buzz – Dec. 15, 2010

A daily digest of what’s going on in Fredericksburg, and what news from elsewhere is relevant here. Send suggestions to ebattle@freelancestar.com.

City Council members OK’d a $46,250 incentives package last night for Longstreet’s American Eatery at 409 William St. (also known as the former Las Palmas, also known as the former University Cafe). Longstreet’s marks the fourth downtown restaurant that Fredericksburg has granted incentives for. The fact that the eatery has already signed a five-year lease and plans to open next month prompted some discussion last night about whether the city’s incentives program can really be billed anymore as a way to lure businesses that wouldn’t otherwise come here. You can read more about that in today’s paper.

Before this vote was taken yesterday, Longstreet’s performed a great deal of work on the building, including painting the exterior. The business partners put out a press release Tuesday afternoon describing their plans.

You can see the release here, and here’s the gist of what they want to do, from the release:

The menu offerings can be described as casual American. But one will be pleased with the interpretations of the many appetizers, sandwiches, entrees and artisan pizzas. The scratch kitchen will be producing their own breads, sauces, desserts, and soups that will accent foods created from local, hand-cut meats, seafood, and produce. The menu is designed to accommodate a range of tastes and needs, while creating unique adaptations for the discerning eater. Longstreet’s beverage items will include local/regional wines and craft beers, a full service liquor bar, and gourmet coffees.

The first thing guests will notice will be the new look of the interior spaces. Foremost upon entering, people will not miss the properly outfitted billiards area. New hardwood flooring, oversized custom booths and reworked lighting redefine the large interior into more pleasing dimensions. The four full-sized tables will provide for league play and the novice player alike.

The remaining interior spaces have been redefined, with three different dining areas – a family-friendly area with games, bar seating with more oversized custom booths, and a front seating grouping away from kitchen activity. The color palette has been subdued, with proper accenting, sound-deadening and lighting treatments. The interior has been improved and will accommodate people’s expectations of comfort and style.

As the evenings progress, the format of Longstreet’s will shift towards more of a bar/lounge format, with adjusted lighting, music tempo, and activities. Weekends will feature live entertainment.

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