Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Lincoln Connection at The Scheme

A legion of fans will tell you the best place for pizza in the state is Scheme Restaurant located at 123 N. 7th, Salina. I hope I have the hours right: Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 4:30 p.m. - late. Reservations are appreciated 785.823.5125.

The wooden floor and booths are a welcome change from template decor. The wait staff is the best. For families, young people, old hippies, tasty deli sandwiches and pizza are on the menu. Adult beverages are available, too.

WenDee and I went to Scheme right after being in Lincoln for the Lincoln (as in Abe) Re-enactment Day. One of the presentations in Lincoln was done by a young girl portraying Grace Bedell. When Grace lived in New York she wrote Abraham Lincoln a letter and said that if he grew a beard her brothers would vote for him for president. So when we walk into the Scheme and found a circled article about Grace Bedell Billings and a framed picture of Abraham Lincoln among the stuffed animal heads and other memorabilia, we thought that was quite a coincidence.
Turns out the owner, Duane Billings, is Grace's great grandson! Grace moved to Delphos (KS) when she married George Billings. Many of the items and artifacts on the Scheme walls belonged to Grace and George. Duane is very willing to visit, when he's not back in the kitchen cooking, so ask him some questions. The antlers (mounted on replaced heads)
came from hunts that George Billings went on with Wild Bill Hickok! True story! Duane has the original guns, too.
As good as the story and connections are, the main attraction is the pizza!
To help "Get Kansas" just head to Scheme Restaurant and study the walls, enjoy the pizza!
KE #2 Marci Penner

(Photo of Duane Billings with his staff who have been with him many years. Courtesy Duane Billings)