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Cardinal’s Nest: The New Cafe-Ology

Those of you on campus for the summer may have noticed a sign that has been put up on the newspaper covered windows of the old Cafe-Ology building, congratulating the graduating class and announcing the coming of “The Cardinal’s Nest.” The Nest will be a small American Bistro, and was featured in The Middletown Eye recently (thanks to anonymous for the tip). Here is what they have to say about it:

Coming soon to 129 Church Street is the Cardinal’s Nest American Bistro. The little eatery will offer lunch fare and affordable small plates in the evenings. They will be accepting Wesleyan dining cards in addition to usual forms of payment. Owner John Gecewicz grew up in Middletown and has returned from the New York City restaurant business to help out his aging mother here in Midletown. The Cardinal’s Nest is in the former space of Cafe-Ology, which came and went pretty fast. Before Cafe-ology the space was occupied by Guiseppe’s Pizza. The planned opening for The Cardinal’s Nest is in the first week of September – watch for reviews after it opens.

Hopefully, The Cardinal’s Nest will provide a cheap and tasty alternative to Usdan for the residents of Lo-rise/Hi-rise for years to come, and like Cafe-Ology,  will provide a performance space for student musicians.

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O’Rourke’s Update (And How You Can Visit Mocon/Davenport Reincarnated)

Those of you who have been around Wesleyan long enough to remember and love O’Rourke’s Diner: fear not. Although previous information proclaimed that the beloved diner would reopen February 4 (also known as this past Monday), sources on O’Rourke’s official website forum are now citing next Monday (February 11) as the opening day.

In related news, there was a significant piece in the New Haven Register this past Saturday regarding the story of the diner’s rebuilding. It includes several interesting anecdotes. For one, as it turns out, those students who are feeling nostalgic for last year’s dining will be able to go to O’Rourke’s once it opens and feel a little bit closer to the twin legacies of Mocon and Davenport. The article explains:

“Wesleyan donated booths from the Davenport Student Center and about $30,000 in kitchen equipment from a dining hall being renovated, said Jeff Bianco, the architect who designed the rebuilt interior.”

And in the context of Middletown nightlife, the article also notes,

“O’Rourke has big plans for the new O’Rourke’s that include opening for dinner three nights a week, late nights on Fridays and Saturdays and adding live Irish music sessions on Monday nights.”

For the rest of the piece, go to http://www.nhregister.com and search for “O’Rourke’s Diner.” Or to get your news straight from the source, hit up www.orourkesdiner.com