Friday, October 7, 2016

Big T's, City Slickers Get Our Citizens Of The Year Award


There are nearly three months remaining in 2016. 

It doesn't matter. 


We've gone ahead and named the operators of both Big T's BBQ Pit Stop and City Slickers Bar and Grill as recipients of our "Citizens of the Year."


Operating a small business -- especially in the food and beverage category -- is a high-risk venture.  It takes blood, sweat and tears.  


Both of entities have managed to thrive in Dorchester, drawing not only local residents but also customers from far and wide.


Despite being in the same small community, these two restaurants and bars are actually complementing one another, feeding off one another's successes they draw more and more people with every passing weekend.


Several well-known food critics, including some in Lincoln, have called both City Slickers and Big T's the "best dining options in a 30-mile radius." 


We believe them.


That is why we're awarding the Times' "Citizens of the Year Award" based on two sets of criteria:



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INTERIOR RENOVATION/BUSINESS OVERHAUL - MAIN STREET: First, City Slickers Bar and Grill (known as Joe's Place for decades) totally transformed its space. 

Following a setback a year ago after a grease fire, the bar underwent a complete revamp, turning into a true restaurant and entertainment center. 

In March of this year, City Slickers unveiled the outdoor portion of their renovation, revealing three new and attractive windows on the north section of the establishment. 

The new-and-improved City Slickers' features a new kitchen with a wide food selection and daily specials; much larger dining area, with many tables separate from the bar area for a pleasant dining experience; deluxe salad bar; a mega TV; KENO; a pool area; and a dance floor with a band/DJ area. 

It's not only a dining experience, it's a fun, lively place to meet up with friends and family.


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NEW BUSINESS - MAIN STREET: Big T's BBQ Pit Stop is Dorchester's newest business, and it has caught on like wildfire.  

The new eatery is located in the same building that most recently housed Ben's Iron Grill II.  

Big T's BBQ was approved in July for a liquor licence and for KENO operation by the Dorchester Village Board.  

But it's the area-famous BBQ, as well as the awesome breakfast menus and lunch specials, that have caused the dramatic spike in traffic on Main Street from just a few months ago. 

According to an updated Oct. 2 study by the Times, weekend traffic on Dorchester's three-block business district has surged almost 600% on Friday and Saturday nights compared to just six years ago.  And it's up over 1000% on Sunday evenings. 

Big T's BBQ Pit Stop, whose owner is Tim Vejraska, has also added nice touches on the east side building's classic brick exterior.  There's a reason we've seen cars parked around the block on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Congratulations to both of these businesses for their growing success in Dorchester and Saline County.

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