Sunday, March 1, 2009
Trehy's Tea Emporium
Irene Neilson has put the Stockholm up for sale. That's pretty sad news for Lindsborg.
Who knows how long it will take to sell. Maybe it will go right away, maybe it will hang on as the Stockholm for quite some time.
In the meantime Bethany College student Chris Trehy is managing the tea room and doing business as Trehy's Tea Emporium.
Chris, a psychology major, told me he came from a long line of folks involved in retail food trade, and that he wanted to give it a try while he could. He sublets the restaurant from Irene for Thursday - Saturday noon meals and does dinners when he has customers who want dinners.
The noon menu is limited - a delicious tomato soup, two open face sandwiches (the exact sandwich varies), desert, and, of course TEA. Lots and lots and pots and pots of tea.
A little on the pricey side for some pocket books, this is definitely not your fast food emporium. It is the place to have "slow food," food lovingly prepared when you order it and served with all the aplomb a Dutch boy can demonstrate. Did I mention that Chris is Dutch and going back to Holland for graduate study? He's Dutch and going back to Holland for graduate study.
Because he's Dutch he understands Tea better than any of us who've not been schooled. The Dutch invented the tea house, you know. Because he's European he has a certain sensibility that most Americans enjoy when they go to Europe. He's not rushed, and won't rush you.
Go and enjoy the cuisine. And the tea. And the deserts.
And tell Chris I sent you.