Reno News & Review

Week of Feb. 8, 2023

From the editor’s desk

Jacob Gurko of Sparks, who has spent his six years on the planet fighting to survive a rare genetic disorder, is facing a second open-heart surgery this month. His family is battling health insurance companies and is asking the community for help with expenses. In my Editor’s Note, I point out that such appeals are a staple of local journalism, but also bring national issues—including the folly of our for-profit health system—down to the street level.

We’ve got a full menu of food and drink news this week: Taylor Harker pens an obituary for one of Reno’s oldest vegan eateries and takes a look at the remaining plant-based restaurant options for vegans and vegetarians. Maude Ballinger puts a spotlight on two Reno couples who are shaking up the local food scene with two fresh eateries, the Dumpling Queen and Claio. Our resident mixologist, Michael Moberly, meanwhile, asks Reno’s favorite barkeeps for first-date advice, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

We’re celebrating the launch of On Nevada Business, a column featuring the latest news on local startups; tech; cool initiatives at the University of Nevada, Reno; and local entrepreneurs changing various pieces of the world.

Bob Grimm has high praise for the first three episodes of Apple TV+’s Shrinking, a new family comedy-drama starring Harrison Ford and Jason Segel. The series about a grieving therapist (Segel) and his grumpy boss (Ford) could have taken a sad turn, Grimm writes, but the great cast makes the series “an oddball treat.” Grimm also enjoyed Knock at the Cabin, the latest offering from director M. Night Shyamalan. The flick, he says, is a solid effort from “the wobbly M. Night, who can be so very frustrating with some of his directorial choices.”

Matt Bieker profiles Platinum, a band which, for nearly a decade, has been bringing its mashup of genres and styles to a dedicated local and regional fan base—many of whom follow the group from club to barroom to cabaret, looking for a good time.

In this month’s publisher’s note, Jimmy Boegle documents the latest neo-fascist policies pushed by right-wing lawmakers in several states who are taking aim against LGBTQ people and the poor. Nevada isn’t among those examples, but it’s worth noting that the Silver State has its share of would-be authoritarians champing at the bit to seize the levers of power if voters aren’t paying attention.

John Scire’s guest opinion piece sings the praises of lithium mining, which he says is an environmentally sound way to free the nation of its addiction to fossil fuels.

I’ll see you in the funny papers.

Take care,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

Culinary love: A chat with two Reno couples who are shaking up the local food scene

By Maude Ballinger

February 8, 2023

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the RN&R sat down with the owners of Dumpling Queen and Claio to discuss what it’s like to work with your partner—and get the scoop on their new venues.

The true experts: We asked some of Reno’s favorite barkeeps for first-date advice

By Michael Moberly

February 7, 2023

The RN&R asked some of Reno’s finest bartenders to share their worldly experience and offer some advice for those going on a first date.

Humor and darkness: Jason Segel, Harrison Ford shine in Apple TV+’s ‘Shrinking’

By Bob Grimm

February 6, 2023

Apple TV+’s Shrinking offers Jason Segel a nice balancing act for his comedic and dramatic talents—and shows how funny Harrison Ford can be.

Thought-provoking thriller: Dave Bautista helps make ‘Knock at the Cabin’ worthwhile

By Bob Grimm

February 6, 2023

Knock at the Cabin is one of M. Night Shyamalan’s better recent efforts, thanks in part to some fine casting.

Plant-based preferred: Reno just lost one of its first vegan eateries; can the community fill the void?

By Taylor Harker

February 5, 2023

Following the closure of Nom Eats, House of Mexica may be the only 100% plant-based restaurant left in Reno.

A note from the publisher: The march toward fascism continues

By Jimmy Boegle

February 4, 2023

Drag shows. Books that don’t hew to a white, Christian perspective. Food for underserved people. All of these things are under attack in the U.S. right now.

Leave it to the pros: The members of Platinum say that no matter what or where they play, they’re bringing a party

By Matt Bieker

February 3, 2023

For the past almost-decade, Platinum has had a steady series of local and regional gigs, bringing their mashup of genres and styles to a dedicated fanbase—many of whom follow the band from club to barroom to cabaret, looking for a good time.

On Nevada Business: A salute to the people who have helped build Reno’s business environment

By Matt Westfield

February 3, 2023

The RN&R is launching a new column focused on startups; tech; business; cool initiatives at the University of Nevada, Reno; and local entrepreneurs changing various pieces of the world.

Guest opinion: Lithium mine will help, not harm, buckwheat and other native plants

By John Scire

February 2, 2023

The Rhyolite Ridge lithium mine of the Ioneer corporation is undergoing its final review by the federal Bureau of Land Management. This mine is a good thing.

Editor’s note: When hardship hits neighbors, community members respond

By Frank X. Mullen

February 2, 2023

It’s our job to put our community under a spotlight, to show folks what’s happening behind the curtain and how things can be made better. That’s what we’ll lose if local news organizations go extinct.

Snapshot: Jacob Gurko needs the community’s help

By Staff

February 2, 2023

Jacob Gurko, 6, of Sparks, is facing his second open-heart surgery, at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford on Feb. 21.

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