Manila Bay

A view of the actual Manila Bay

While downtown this weekend I noticed a Manila Bay sign in the location of the former Gomez Art Supply just west of Kuhl’s Cafe. There is a building permit on file for this location to complete improvements to make it a restaurant.

I assume the former Manila Bay is reopening at this location. It will be nice to have Filipino cuisine downtown again.

If this is the same Manila Bay that used to be in the Terminal Building, that will mean Marylou Eden will be involved somehow. I ate at Chloe’s once before it closed and the food was quite good.Here’s what Ground Zero said about in December.

Eden began carving a niche for herself in Lincoln’s dining scene in 1992 when she opened Lincoln’s first Filipino restaurant, El Taco Grande, at 16th and P streets.

A couple of years later she moved her operation to 10th and O streets and called it Manila Bay.

In 2001, after turning the O Street restaurant over to her son, she opened Chloe’s Restaurant in the Haymarket. It was named for her granddaughter.

Both restaurants eventually closed. Danny’s Downtown Deli is where Manila Bay used to be, and Crescent Moon Coffee occupies Chloe’s location.

As more restaurants open downtown, the competition forces good food and low prices. I hope Manila Bay has both.

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