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Dave's Snack Bar, a campus institution for 1 1 years, is faced with the
possibility of closing. Dave Michel, owner, said the lease expiration date
is the source of his trouble. Wall photos at Dave's are shown above.
By Terri Willson '
After serving 800,000 cups of coffee
and encountering thousands of students in
the last 11 years, a privately-owned restau
rant on campus may succumb to the threat
of big business.
The establishment, Dave's Snack Bar,
1227 R, is known for its three-for-10 cents
Uncle Dave's Old Fashioned Oatmeal
Cookies. It is a cozy haven for all people,
from UNL theater students to construction
workers, to university professors.
Nebraska Book Company, Inc. owns the
property where Dave's is. According to
Dave's owner, Dave Michel, the company
has refused to let him renew his contract.
Dave had been paying monthly rent since
his second five-year lease expired Jan.,
The initial deadline to vacate was Nov. 1.
An informed employe of Nebraska Book
Co. Inc. said they will extend this deadline
10 to 15 days, to give Dave time to move
The employe said Dave "didn't seem to
be interested in renewing his lease."
Dave said that Sept. 18 he was sent a
letter asking him to vacate the premises.
Nebraska Book Co., Inc., had gotten a new
Witches, warlocks, goblins, ghosts
Plenty of Halloween haunts to spook
Witches, goblins, spooks and ghosts
should have no trouble finding hideouts to
haunt Halloween night.
Several Lincoln bars are offering prizes
for the best costumes, two haunted houses
will be open and many UNL residence halls
are sponsoring Halloween activities.
Little Bo's East is cosponsoring a cos
tume party with Team Electronics, enter
tainment manager Don Krully said, and
first prize will be a $250 stereo.
The Royal Grove and Uncle Sam's both
offer a $100 prize for the best costume
along with lesser prizes. Bill Montgomery,
manager of Uncle Sam's, said that with a
costume admission is free Friday. A
pumpkin pie eating contest also will be
The Cornhusker Hotel and Casey's
Other Place also will have costume contests.
Two haunted houses are open through
Saturday night with $1.50 admission at
bolh. "Chamber of Terror, sponsored by
KLIN and the Lincoln Jaycees, will be
open from 7 to 12 p.m. Friday and Satur
day at 19th and O streets.
The Scream in the Dark house at 11th
and K streets, sponsored by KLMS and
Campus Life, is open from 7 to 1 1 p jn. No
one under 12 years is admitted.
Selleck residents may wear costumes for
their evening meal and many will later trick
or treat for UNICEF.
All Harper-Schramm -Smith residents
can trick or treat from 7:30 to 9:30. At
10 p.m. the complex also will have a movie
orgy in Harper lounge and prizes will be
given at midnight for the best costumes.
Cather-Pound-Neihardt, Centennial Col
lege and International House have planned
a party for eariy in the evening and possi
bly a late dance, said Bill Schnackel, com
Centennial College also will sponsor a
costume contest and International House
will host a party introducing foreign stu
dents to American Halloween customs.
Earlier in the week, several Greek
houses held parties with children. Monday
night Kappa Kappa Gamma and Beta Theta
Pi had a haunted house for Belmont School
children said Pat Mctee, a graduate assis
tant in the Interfratemity Council.
A pumpkin carving party was held Wed
nesday night for children at the Cedar
Home for Children, sponsored by Sigma
Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Alpha
Epsilon invited low-income children to a
party Thursday night
After everybody else has celebrated
Halloween, members of Acacia fraternity
will just be starting. Residents sold
"Halloween insurance" to Lincoln resi
dents, assuring thai they'd clean up after
any tricksters. They plan to donate the
money to the All University Fund, Mctee
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tenant, Dippy Donut from Omaha to
lease the building. Dave says there was co
communication between the comoanv nA
himself before Sept. 13. vvm
New feasge -Since
then the company has verbally
communicated with Dave, telling him and
his wife, Mary, that the proposed lease
holder will present a new image for campus,
an image different from the present one of
vinyl bar stools, slightly tattered with age
and wood-paneled walls, papered with
Dave says, "They've (Dippy Donut) al
ready been in to look the place over"
If and when the Dippy Donut replaces
Dave's Snack Bar, they will remodel, re
moving everything from the Coca Cola
clock to ihe homey atmosphere Dave and
his wife have created since they became
the owners in Nov. 1964.
Dave says he has contacted legal counsel
in an effort to save his livelihood and in
vestment He says he doesn't know what
he's going to do if forced to leave..
Since buying the snack bar, he and Mary
have served 375 to 400 university students
and others from 7 jn. to 3 pjm. daily.
More thsn the menu
It's obviously more than an appealing
menu that has kept a steady and regular
patronage for Dave and Mary. There's one
couple that has patronized Dave's after
every Big Red game for the last six yeaa
While theater students can get IS cent
vending machine coffee at Temple Hall,
they come to Dave's and enjoy a 20-cent
cup of coffee and a rap with Dave.
Engineering Professor Frank Ullrnan
said he's been eating lunch at Dave's every
day for eight years.
Students who can't pay for a meal sign
credit tabs to Dave. "The kids and me...
we trust each other," he said.
Thursday some theater students started
a "Save Dave? petition asking for signa
tures of students who will boycott the new
The students say they will boycott fcr
Dave's because, as sophomore Jim Ryan
says, "We like the atmosphere of the
place. . .and we like the guy himself.
Dave 11 be up a creek; he can't relocate his
Dave's wife Mary says if they leave they
will leave without a penny. Dave says hell
have an auction to get a fair price for aD
his restaurant equipment.
With the initial Nov. 1 deadline
approaching, Dave says it's impossible for
him to meet it.
"What can I do?"
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