"Alexander and his business partner, Paul Bickel, will open Bickel’s Uptown Cafe in the former Bickel’s Key and Lock business downtown at 21 W. Eighth St. They hope to have it open with two or three weeks.
The building is situated between two parking lots for county workers and is within walking distance of City Hall, the Madison County Courthouse and several banks, attorneys’ offices and downtown businesses. Alexander is banking on the downtown foot traffic to make his breakfast and lunch buffet popular.
“They’re going to be interested in a restaurant that’s close, the food is good and quick, you didn’t feel like you were rushed, you had options and it was an attractive, clean environment,” he said."
Bickel’s will serve a breakfast buffet starting at 6 a.m. with breakfast staples and made-to-order omelets, as well as a mini-biscuit and coffee package for under $2.50.
Lunch items will include broasted chicken and other meat specialties, a salad bar and traditional side items like mashed potatoes and green beans: “a combination of comfort food and fine dining,” Alexander said.
Bickel, who is known for making candy at his key and lock shop, will make and sell candy in the restaurant, too, along with pies, cakes and other desserts.
“Anderson needs a place you can actually sit down and eat that’s not a cattle stall,” Alexander said. “We were trying to figure out what to do with this building because it was an asset that wasn’t making us any money.”
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