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JuneBug 2010 opens

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Ross and pals (New Moon Band) performed at the Contented Cow last night, the opening night of JuneBug 2010 that continues through Saturday.  The Cow has added a protective canopy on its outdoor stage, an upper deck perch for its sound control system, and a grassy knoll for expanded seating and yard games.

Other venues for JuneBug 2010 include the Rueb ‘n’ Stein and Butler’s Steak & Ale.

Prefab Modular, a spur-of-the-moment band of local superstars.

Prefab Modular poster Some local musicians have formed a band called Prefab Modular and are performing Saturday night at Butler’s Steak and Ale, 8-11 pm.

The likely members: Peter Diggins, Steve Jennings, Mike Legvold, Alisa Leonard, and Craig Wasner. More details available on the Butler’s blog here.

Here’s a 2006 video clip of the Prairie Creek Band playing on the deck of the Contented Cow.  It features vocalist Alisa Leonard and guitarist Peter Diggins. The song: Runaway, by Del Shannon:

Continue reading Prefab Modular, a spur-of-the-moment band of local superstars.

Butler’s to deck the mall with outdoor dining

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The June 2010 Northfield Entertainment Guide is online and on the streets. On page 25 is an ad for Butler’s Steak & Ale that says:

Enjoy a Knickerbocker Glory on our new deck overlooking the new bike path overlooking the old Cannon River.

The new bike/pedestrian trail is coming along nicely. The parking lot behind River Park Mall, however, is pretty much deckless.  

bike/pedestrian trail, 5th St. to Riverside Park parking lot behind River Park Mall parking lot behind River Park Mall

Coming soon: the reincarnation of the Ideal Cafe

Sweet Lou's Waffle BarIdeal Cafe signTracy mentioned in her blog post of last week’s Friday Memo that there "… are rumblings that another restaurant will be locating in the space held by Sweet Lou’s Waffle Bar."

Last week, Northfield restaurateur Norman Butler (Contented Cow, Chapati, Butler’s Steak and Ale) signed a lease for the space. He intends to name it The Ideal Cafe and open by year’s end. Cuisine? He’s open to suggestions. Attach your comments here.

See Maggie Lee’s June 21 column, Bargens leave legacy of Ideal Cafe, for a bit of history on the restaurant. The photo of the Ideal Cafe’s sign above is cropped from a photo on the Virtual Tourist web site when the site was the Las Delicias restaurant.

The FieldHouse to become Butler’s Steak and Ale

Norman Butler IMG_0403 Norman Butler, owner of the downtown Northfield eating and drinking establishments, the Contented Cow and Chapati, is taking over the FieldHouse Sports Bar & Grill in the River Park Mall. The restaurant will be named Butler’s Steak & Ale but will remain The FieldHouse for another month while he changes the menu and applies for a new liquor license under the new name. Temporary hours will be Wednesdays through Saturdays, 5pm to midnight and Sunday brunch, 9am to 3 pm.

Update 9/3: The FieldHouse reopens Friday, Sept. 4 at 5pm. Here are some pre-opening photos.

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