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'Simple' pleases locals

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Best catering, best lunch place Winner: Simple Pleasures Location: 648 5th St. Phone: 645-1251 Simple Pleasures was voted Best Catering and Best Lunch Place by readers. “Given that it’s a local contest, I really honestly believe the people in Lincoln take it seriously,” said owner Diana Burke. The rewards, Burke said, are far more than wall decorations. “To me, it means we’ve been doing the right thing,” Burke said. “We’re serving our customers well – both in the shop and catering. I feel we’re leaving our mark.” October will see the establishment’s 30th anniversary. Simple Pleasures began as Sandwich Alley in 1979 when Burke’s mother, Doris Flocchini, set up shop. Burke said she didn’t pay very much attention to the contest but customers kept coming in and asking if she had voted yet. To all of her customers, Burke had one message: “Thank you.” ~ Brandon Darnell