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credo ergo emo
February 29th, 2012

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

With apologies to René Descartes, “I believe, therefor I buy.”

It seems of late that the verb “believe” has been appearing prominently and frequently in commercial contexts, usually as an imperative. This morning I happened to notice such a use in a Weight Watchers tv ad at the gym, which reminded me that Macy’s and US Cellular have recently had big “believe” ad campaigns. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a few others too. Beyond straight advertisements, Cirque de Soleil has a show at the Luxor in Las Vegas called “Believe,” and teen heart throb and pop star Justin Bieber has some kind of charity fundraiser by the same name.

This concurrent appropriation of a term more commonly applied to matters of faith by diverse commercial interests is curious. Is it just a demonstration of our collective capacity for cosmic tackiness? Is it a sign of an apocalyptic substitution of secular materialism for religious values our nation used to hold dear? Or is it a cri de coeur to have faith in the economy, and to demonstrate it by spending money?

I have no idea! But anyway, just believe you me, we’ve got Maine Restaurant Week starting Thursday, and with it LUNCH as well as dinner, immediately preceded by the $17.99 Three Course Wednesday Special tomorrow!

Wednesday Special 

This week we’ll kick off the $17.99 Wednesday Special with a spinach salad and a blueberry balsamic vinaigrette, to be followed by a classic coq au vin — chicken, onions, mushrooms, bacon and herbs cooked together in red wine. That will come with a delicious rice pilaf. For dessert there will be chocolate cake with espresso ganache and whipped cream. Good stuff!

For a wine pairing we’ll suggest a new shiraz we’ve just gotten in: Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz from Australia. This dark red beauty of a wine will run about $38 a bottle when we get it on the list, but this Wednesday you can introduce yourself for only $7 a glass!

Friday Night Jazz March 2
This Friday we’ve got another sax and keyboard lineup, this week featuring Liz Matta on the alto sax and Rebecca Wing at the keyboard. Both Rebecca and Liz are jazz singers to boot, so we’ve got a great evening of eclectic jazz on the docket for this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where you can have faith that you’ll find a good meal at the very least!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners




Announcing Lunch for Maine Restaurant Week
February 24th, 2012

We are excited to announce that during Maine Restaurant Week (Thursday March 1 through Saturday March 10) lunch service at Solo Bistro will resume for the first time in more than six years. Many of you have requested that we reinstate lunch, and indeed we have discussed it each spring since 2007. Thanks to the efforts of the good folks at gBritt PR, Restaurant Week is a time when many people are focused on dining out, and it seems like this might be an opportune moment to see how lunch might work out.

 Solo Bistro has never had more talent in the kitchen than we have now, and we have never been as organizationally robust as we are now, so we’ll give it a go. We hope you’ll stop by for lunch (and dinner too!) during Maine Restaurant Week and let us know what you think. We’ll be serving lunch from 11:30 to 2 each day during Restaurant Week except Sunday and Monday.

You can check out our Restaurant Week menus by clicking here. We’ll still be running our regular three course $24.99 and $17.99 Wednesday Specials, too!

Hope to see you during Restaurant Week — we tasted the seared tuna option tonight, and it was fabulous!




 
     
     
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