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Time is right for affordable eats

Sun, The (Lowell, MA) - Thursday, April 2, 2009
Author: Hannah Young, Sun Correspondent

LOWELL
Merrimack Street has welcomed a new restaurant with the opening of the Time Out Cafe and Eatery. By picking up where Bad Dawgs, the now-shuttered hot doggery, left off the new culinary addition is drawing steady streams of customers.

Owners Chery and Soraya Victoria of Lawrence know the area well. Chery has been a chef at Ole Restaurant and Tapas Bar since its inception and has worked in the food industry for 15 years. The Dominican Republic native always has aspired to own his own place. He saw Bad Dawgs' closing as a great opportunity. "This has always been my dream," said Victoria. "To make and serve my own food to people who appreciate it."

The menu is a work-in-progress, but the variety of affordable breakfast and lunch options offer customers plenty to choose from. Spanish omelets, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, croissants and muffins curb early-morning hunger while sandwiches, hot dogs, soups, salads and daily specials are sure to satisfy. Victoria plans on adding new items to the restaurant's roster every week.

Customers will appreciate the restaurant's revitalized decor too. Exposed brick and clean lines give Time Out a contemporary edge while fresh flowers on the tables, and funky painted stools with multi-colored cushions add to the modern feel. A cozy lounge-like area creates an intimate space to dine. Grab a table by the window and watch the world go by.

Meals at Time Out Cafe and Eatery, named for the owners' love of baseball and basketball, are priced right. "When I did the menu, I was thinking of the prices and the economy," said Victoria. "I wanted people to be able to come in and eat something healthy with prices anyone can afford."

Time Out Cafe and Eatery

72 Merrimack St., Lowell, (978) 735-4514

HOURS:
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Sunday.

PRICES:
Spanish omelet $2, breakfast sandwiches $3 - $3.50, bagels and croissants $1.25 - $1.50, muffins and brownies $1.50, hot and cold sandwiches (panini or wrap) $5 - $6.50, hot dogs $1.50, salads $3.50 -$5.50, soups $3.50 - $4.50, appetizers $2.50 - $4.

BEST BITES:
Hot chocolate, homemade oatmeal and chocolate sweetened with sugar and cream $2, Havana sandwich -- pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles $6. Time Out Club -- chicken salad with bacon, lettuce and tomato $6.

 
 
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