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For the week of March 14 through 20, 2001

Cyber-café shows stuff

Express Staff Writer

Though it wasn’t quite ready for visitors, the Newslink Café opened early last Friday for the monthly Sun Valley/Ketchum Business After Hours.

Owner Scott Franklin hands out freshly squeezed apple juice at the Newslink Café.

Local business types milled around the new café on Sun Valley Road in Ketchum, sampling Newslink catered hors d’oeurves and fresh squeezed apple juice, while the 10 computers were still being installed. These Internet accessible computers will be available to the public.

Susan Witman of Center Q Interior Design has designed the space in a retro-deco style¾ in blacks, reds and greens. Special chairs, next to computer hook ups, with cup holders and swivel desks were installed for people who bring in their own lap tops.

Chef/owners Scott and Alysia Franklin both graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. They apprenticed in Beverly Hills; Scott under Wolfgang Puck at Spago, and Alysia at the Peninsula Hotel.

Business After Hours participants get a preview of the new cyber-café. Express Photos by Dana DuGan

The café is offering organic breakfasts and lunches. They will also be serving certified organic coffee.

"Coffee is the most pesticide ridden product you’ll ever put in your body," Franklin said. They will also have fresh soups, hormone free turkey, beef and chicken sandwiches, and organic salads made from greens bought at organic markets in the area.

"We’ll serve fresh and flavorful organic items," Franklin said.

The Newslink café will be open for business March 19.



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