Beauty salon owner and partner open new coffee shop

Gerard Ortiz

An Omaha beauty salon owner is branching out into brew.

Kirby Keomysay recently opened The Grind Coffeehouse at 192nd and Pacific Streets right next to Ko & Ko Studios, one of his businesses. He also operates the Kontempo salon.

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He describes his new space as a perfect place to hang out with friends, meet with clients or relax with a book.

The shop’s brew comes from Oddly Correct Coffee, based in Kansas City. It also serves teas, smoothies, pastries, a variety of toasts and toppings and salads. For a complete menu, go to

The shop is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Keomysay said he’s innovating and streamlining methods to pay at the shop, including a kiosk, QR codes and mobile ordering.

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King Cake season

Mouth of the South Cajun restaurant is taking orders for Mardi Gras king cakes.

The cakes are a tradition during carnival season in Louisiana and elsewhere. The baker hides a plastic baby in the cake and the person who finds it is on the hook to buy the next cake.

The version at Mouth of the South is 10 inches round and serves up to four people for $15.

Both locations of the restaurant are also preparing for their Fat Tuesday party on Feb. 21. The bash will feature all the foods of New Orleans, including beignets.

To order a king cake or reserve a Fat Tuesday table, call 402-502-4545.

The Old Market location of Mouth of the South is at 1111 Harney St. The west location is at 16909 Lakeside Hills Plaza.

Crescent Moon pop-up

If you’re in the mood for love — and cocktails — visit Cupid’s Corner at Max & Joe’s Tavern and Tasting Room.

The Corner is a pop-up bar that will be serving Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails on Friday and Saturday nights next weekend and again on Feb. 10 and 11 and Feb. 14.

It will serve drinks from 6 p.m. to midnight each of those days.

Max & Joes is at 3576 Farnam St., next to Crescent Moon and Beer Corner USA.

Visit for more info.

Galley closed for good

Owners of The Galley, 4963 Center St., say they’re turning their full-service restaurant into an event planning and catering business.

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The Galley at 4963 Center St. will remain closed, its owners announced recently.

The eatery has been closed for a while because they needed a break, they said on Facebook, and during that time, they decided to go in another direction.

They also spent about a month organizing last weekend’s successful benefit for Nettie’s Fine Mexican Food in Bellevue, which was destroyed in a fire late last year.

“We found that this was way more gratifying and 100{05995459f63506108ab777298873a64e11d6b9d8e449f5580a59254103ec4a63} less stressful than running The Galley,” they said in the post. “The struggles associated with the restaurant business seem to be never-ending these days and these struggles have greatly affected our mental and physical health in a way that we just can’t do it any more.”

They thanked their customers for all the support they offered over the last few years.

Flamingos ready to fly

The Baking Flamingos brick-and-mortar shop is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

The shop is at 16919 Audrey St. Suite 40 in the former location of Westside Dental.

It had been scheduled to open earlier but supply chain issues in other parts of the country, combined with the weather, set them back a few days.

It will sell a variety of cakes, cookies and cupcakes.

Amber Sanne started the business about 15 years ago in her home. Curt Foerster is its co-owner and chief financial officer.

To see a menu and photos of the goodies, go to

Omaha's Great Grub: Our quest to find a winner, winner chicken dinner

The perfect fried chicken has ample spice (not bland but not too much), crisp skin and tender, juicy meat that doesn’t take a crowbar to detach from the bone.

Dining Notes: Ika San & Izakaya opens at Village Pointe; Coneflower offers holiday flavors

Ika San Ramen & Izakaya are now open for business, Caniglia’s a Mano reopens after a move and local businesses offer tastes of the holidays.

No time to cook? These Omaha restaurants open on Christmas and Christmas Eve

If you haven’t decided where to eat on Saturday and Sunday, and Grandma’s out of town, here are some suggestions.

Dining Notes: Plank reopens with refreshed space, new menu

New items at Plank Seafood Provisions include snapper ceviche, yellowtail pressed sushi, crispy rice cakes and more.

Dining Notes: Reuben's tasty legacy lives on at the Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel

Betsie Freeman writes, “The Reuben — brisket brined for more than a week, house-made sauerkraut, gruyere Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on ultra-dark pumpernickel — was among the best I’d ever tried.”

Oatmeal bombs for breakfast

The bombs come in a variety of flavors, including bananas, blueberries, strawberries and more.

Trivia contest at Island Bar and Grill

The contest starts at 7 p.m. each week. Teams can have up to four players.

Dining Notes: Plant-based cafe to open in Countryside Village next spring

The fast-casual, plant-based restaurant, open for breakfast and lunch, will serve superfood bites, healthy bowls, soups, salads and sandwiches and sweet treats.

Dining Notes: Wood-fired pizzeria to open in Millwork Commons

The restaurant’s Northern Italian-inspired menu will include wood-fired pizza, cheese and salumi platters, panini and seasonal salads.

Cookie Co. opens in Gretna

The Gretna location is the first in Nebraska and is among fewer than 20 across the nation. 

Kamp Blackstone food hall opens

Kamp Blackstone operators say they’re rolling out three more food concepts over the next couple of months.

Dining Notes: Popular Kinaara restaurant opens in new location at Regency Shopping Center

The menu includes several new dishes such as a chili chicken appetizer and a vegan curry, along with favorites such as butter chicken.

Nachos Navidad, and aid to charities, return to Taco John’s

They’re on the menu through Dec. 29, and during that time, Taco John’s will donate a portion of the proceeds from sale of the nachos to charities selected by local franchises.

Food delivery service opening a cafe at Millwork Commons

The new cafe, which is right next to the building’s dock, will offer hot meals to eat on site or take home. 

Scooter’s donates more than $200,000 for breast cancer research

Scooter’s donated a portion of the proceeds from the sales to The Pink Agenda, a nonprofit that partners with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to fund studies and advocacy.

Puerto Rican restaurant opens in south-central Omaha

The restaurant serves Puerto Rican cuisine such as fried chicken rind appetizers and entrees you likely won’t find elsewhere in Omaha.

Church’s Chicken opens in west Omaha

The menu features chicken combos, dinners, sandwiches and strips, with sides such as fried okra, corn on the cob and honey butter biscuits.

Foodies brings back evening hours

Foodies, 351 N. 78th St., is reverting to its normal hours: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The change takes effect on Nov. 21.

New brewery and restaurant opens in Gretna

The new business is a combination brewery and open concept kitchen that focuses on pizzas, panuozzos (sandwiches), salads and other quick-service foods.

Grecian Gyros in Papillion sold, owners end 30 years at restaurant

The restaurant has been sold to new owners and its last day under the old owners was Tuesday.

Dining Notes: Area vineyard to have ‘Friendsgiving’ dinner

The dinner, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., will include a wine pairing with each of three courses.

Take your family to a cookie decorating class on Nov. 20

There will be two sessions, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. The classes fill up quickly, so register soon at

Rebel Monkey Pizza closes permanently

Owners said people with gift cards can submit information to a link found on the Facebook page. All promotions and coupons are null and void.

Bellevue coffee shop offering Thanksgiving meal

The meal will start at 1:30 p.m. The shop is at 119 W. Mission Ave.

Omaha-area businesses offer deals, discounts on Veterans Day

Many Omaha restaurants and other businesses are offering specials on Friday to the men and women who have served or are serving in the U.S. military.

Dining Notes: Reuben Fest continues at Crescent Moon

Many Reuben items such as egg rolls, soup, a burrito, poutine and mac and cheese will be available each day of the event.

Dining Notes: Noli's Pizzeria in Gretna open again after retooling business model

Noli’s Pizzeria said it’s back. It’s open from 4 to 9 p.m. on weekdays; and 4 to 10 p.m. (for now) on weekends.

Julio’s Tex-Mex opens second location

The Julio’s Tex-Mex location at 114th Street and West Dodge Road is up and running after a soft opening last week.

Bacon, Bourbon & Brews tickets on sale now

Speaking of spirits, it’s almost time for Bacon, Bourbon & Brews once again.

PappaRoti has new savory snacks, new winter hours

Known for its popular coffee buns, fruit smoothies and aromatic karak tea with cardamom and saffron, PappaRoti is now offering onion rings, ch…

Four restaurants to have week of specials

The courses are appetizers, entrees and desserts. Reservations are recommended.

Grecian Gyros celebrates 30th anniversary

Grecian Gyros, 839 Tara Plaza, will offer 30{05995459f63506108ab777298873a64e11d6b9d8e449f5580a59254103ec4a63} off purchases all day, plus complimentary cake and other goodies for customers.

Stokes in the Old Market closed for good

The restaurant had been downtown for 15 years. It also has a west Omaha location at 13615 California St., which will remain open.

Baker launches fourth annual Thanksgiving bake sale

Available baked goods, perfect for Thanksgiving dinner, include pumpkin pie, southern bourbon pecan pie, bread pudding with peach praline sauce, carrot cake cupcakes and pumpkin whoopie pies.

Fazoli’s marks National Breadstick Day with freebies

Fazoli’s is celebrating National Breadstick Day Friday through Oct. 30 with an app-based special.

Stokes in the Old Market to close permanently after Saturday

The Old Market location of Stokes Grill and Bar is closing for good after at the end of business on Saturday.

Elkhorn-area triplets learn life lessons managing coffee shop in a former corn crib

The Moore sisters’ senior year at Elkhorn High School has a bit more excitement as the operators of an unusual coffee shop that’s become something of a social media sensation. 

Curderburger returns to Culver’s for a short time

If you missed the Curderburger last year, you have another chance to harden your arteries this month. The burger is on the menu at area Culver’s restaurants until Oct. 31.

Illinois-based Mexican restaurant opening in Village Pointe

Ancho and Agave will open in the former Pier 1 Imports location at the shopping center near 168th Street and West Dodge Road. 

Seattle bakery delivering hand-held pies to Omaha again

Bailey’s Sausagefest now through Sunday

The event runs through Oct. 23 and features the breakfast and lunch restaurant’s Flying Pig line of artisan sausages.

Barbecue restaurant taking orders for smoked Thanksgiving turkey

A four-pound breast averages about $60. Every order is cash only.

Omaha's Great Grub: Easy as pie? This food search was anything but

So given all the elements you must consider, it’s also no piece of cake to choose the perfect apple pie from several contenders.

Former Husker Lance Brown to continue Lo Sole Mio legacy with new Italian restaurant

Former Nebraska football player Lance Brown is making sure Don and Marie Losole’s legacy with Lo Sole Mio will continue with a brand new Italian restaurant at the well known Omaha location. 

Dining Notes: Valley cafe owner wants to retire, is looking for buyer

Simply Delicious is currently open part-time, but current owner Wendy Deane said a new owner could double its income by adding days and hours.

Dining Notes: Owners of Lola's in Dundee to operate new cafe, Fig, in Kiewit Luminarium

Food tidbits include three new restaurant openings and the fourth anniversary celebration of two Omaha health-food eateries.

Dining Notes: Kinaara Indian restaurant moving to Regency Shopping Center

The new Kinaara location at Regency Shopping Center near 102nd Street and Regency Parkway is larger than the original, owners Ashish and Kimberly Sathyan said in a Facebook post.

Find fabulous food any time of the day or night in Omaha area

No matter what time it is, restaurants across the Omaha metro area stand ready to serve. 

Gravy Train owner branches out into tacos

Taco Market is available for delivery at or on the hall’s app, available at the App Store or Google Apps.

Sofra Kitchen opens at Midtown Crossing

Sofra Kitchen currently is serving breakfast and lunch but will soon be open on weekend nights.

Just Good Meat brings back daily lunch specials

Smoked sausages and smoked beef franks will be served every day. 

Stokes West planning four-course wine dinner

Wines will include a pinot noir, chardonnay, red and merlot.

New bakery opening in the former Spudnutz site in Elkhorn

Sugared Ledge Bakery will open soon in a small Elkhorn strip mall.

Arts Scene: Winner of TV show eager to appear on 'MasterChef Junior Live' in Omaha

Liya Chu, 14, will be among those onstage when “MasterChef Junior Live,” the touring version of the TV show, stops at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater on Tuesday.

Dining Notes: Sickies Garage opens at Westroads in former Joe's Crab Shack

Dining news includes Sickies opening, a new taco place, pizza at a Red Robin, a tea party and a farm-to-table street dinner. 

Sought-after charcuterie artist opens his own shop

Nick McGee, who amassed a following as a charcuterie specialist at a Hy-Vee supermarket, now has his own business.

Go to La Festa Italiana for the food, stay for the fun

The 38th annual La Festa Italiana is Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Il Palazzo near 132nd and Fort Streets.

Bad news, NFL fans: Cunningham’s now closed on Sundays

For the last 11 years, Cunningham’s Pub and Grill has been open on Sundays to broadcast National Football League games for patrons.

Omaha's Great Grub: When drinking margaritas, we learned it's all about balance

What makes a margarita worth its salt? Could it be sugar, by any chance? Or a tajin chili powder blend? We answer those questions in this edition of Omaha’s Great Grub.

Dining Notes: Farnam House Brewing Co. to end food service

The owners of Farnam House Brewing Company in the Blackstone District announced this week that they would soon stop serving food.

Afro Fest Omaha 2022 will be an African food experience

African cuisines will be available at Afro Fest Omaha 2022 on Sept. 3. Some of the food options include jerk and grilled chicken, jollof rice, burgers, suya and veggies.

Didn't make the trip to Ireland? Local sports bars to host Husker-Northwestern game watch parties

Gatherings will start early in Omaha for Nebraska football fans who didn’t make the trip to Ireland for the game against Northwestern. 

Website says Baked After Dark has best chocolate chip cookies

A family-owned Benson bakery has the best chocolate chip cookies in Nebraska, according to

New food truck sells Greek specialties in Blair

Greek to Me, a new food truck, is parked at the Balls Out Motors lot in Blair, Nebraska. It sells Greek favorites such as gyros and gyro bowls

Local chef to open pop-up shop in Midtown Crossing

A series of open houses are planned so interested people can check out the space and discuss options and logistics.

Sur la Table resumes cooking classes in reopened Omaha store

Chef Sloan Graves will teach the classes at the recently reopened Sur La Table in One Pacific Place near 102nd and Pacific Streets.

Springfield's Wicked Hen Farmhouse closing for good early next month

On a Facebook post, owner Amy Busch said she’s shutting down to focus on her health and her family.

Marks Pantry in Dundee to close at end of the month

The management of Mark’s Pantry & Bottle Shop announced this week that Aug. 27 will be its last day, unless the inventory is depleted before then.

Danny’s Bar & Grill becomes the Oky Doky

Omaha’s Oasis restaurant closes for good

Oasis hummus will still be available at several stores in the Omaha area, including Fareway, Hy-Vee, Costco and Natural Grocers.

Pacific Street location of Saddle Creek Breakfast Club taking shape

The first location opened at 1540 Saddle Creek Road in 2020 and quickly became a hit; diners often wait an hour or more on weekends.

Dirty Birds now open in Flatiron Building downtown

The new location of Dirty Birds is open. It launched business in the historic Flatiron Building early last week with temporary hours and a soft opening, and planned to serve brunch this Sunday.

Pink pineapples are trending in Omaha — despite their higher price

Pink pineapples have been selling well at some Omaha produce stands and grocery stores. The pineapples are pricier than regular ones. 

Dining Notes: Gravy Train opens permanent location in Inner Rail Food Hall

News from a biscuit restaurant that launched in 2019, plus Nebraska’s first On the Border, an hours change at a pizza restaurant and two coffee chains have raise funds for nonprofits. 

Ethiopian coffee shop offers unique treat in midtown Omaha

Chances are, you’ve never been to an authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony. You can change that at Lucy Ethiopian Coffee in Omaha. 

Mexican restaurant Hacienda Real finally launches new Omaha location

Hacienda Real’s new restaurant is now open in Omaha. It’s the third location of a small chain that originated in Lincoln.

Snowballs in summer? Get the chill on at Omaha shaved ice stands

Find one of the many shaved-ice trucks or stands that are popping up across Omaha, and cool off with a sweet (or even sour) treat.

Dining Notes: Highly anticipated Talus Spirits & Sustenance opens in Papillion

Besides Talus, other openings include a cider taproom in downtown Omaha, a new Mexican restaurant at 78th and Cass Streets, a seafood place in Council Bluffs and an unusual Ethiopian coffee house. 

Dining Notes: Ethnic Sandwich Shop closes for good on July 29

A South O lunch spot goes out of business, plus Twisted Cork Bistro reopens, The Baking Flamingos find a new home, Sunnyside Elkhorn coming soon and a food truck event. 

Pacific Street restaurant reopens after renovation

Twisted Cork’s basic premise remains the same, combining seafood and other Pacific Northwest products with favorite foods from the Heartland.

Ethnic Sandwich Shop closes for good on July 29

Ethnic Sandwich Shop in south Omaha will close at the end of the month.

Macaron sale will help baker recover stolen equipment

The homemade treats come in four flavors: salted caramel, mango honey, lime cheesecake and brownie batter.

Elevated Coffee Co. adding mini mart, tap house

Elevated Coffee Co. is currently open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily; hours for the tap house have not been announced.

Copps Pizza closes original location, opens another

Copp’s Pizza opened a new location Friday in a former Applebee’s near 180th Street and West Center Road.

Dining Notes: New virtual food hall opens July 22 in west Omaha

Each of the hall’s participants are relatively new, but three — Loaded Bowls, Omaha Cheesesteak Co. and SARAY — will be serving the first time outside of pop-ups or other unofficial openings.

New virtual food hall opens July 22 in west Omaha

Cornfest offers plenty of fun and a big feast

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Nebraska restaurants win honors from Wine Spectator magazine

Eight Nebraska eateries recently were honored in Wine Spectator magazine’s 2022 Restaurant Awards.

17-year-old entrepreneur scoops up success in North Omaha

a’Ron Burns got the idea for Roll-N-Sweetz from working at a similar store downtown. He targeted North Omaha for his first store because he wanted to support his community.

Omaha’s second Crumbl will open this week

The new store is at 3606 N. 156th St., near Hy-Vee and next door to the UPS Store. 

Food truck event to raise funds for Autism Center

Patrons get two free drinks with their $30 entrance fee. Proceeds go to the center, and food is sold separately.

Nostalgia feeds new coffee flavors at Scooter’s

The Omaha-based chain recently introduced new summer brews and other refreshers that will remind you of malted milk balls, sour drops, toffee and more.

Dining Notes: Popular Seattle bakery delivering goods to Omaha next month

The Piroshky Piroshky Bakery tour is stopping in Omaha. Products from the Seattle bakery are available now to order online for in-person delivery in mid-July.

Dario’s Brasserie, Garden Cafe and Lighthouse Pizza downtown all announce closures

Dario’s Brasserie near 50th Street and Underwood Avenue is closing later this year. Other closings include Garden Cafe and Lighthouse Pizza in downtown Omaha.

$45,000 later, Anthony's steer statue moving to T-Bone Truck Stop

Bill Lehr, a cattle feeder whose family owns the T-Bone Truck Stop, paid $45,000 for the Anthony’s steer in an online auction that ended Monday. 

Bonefish Grill drink celebrates Christmas in July

The drink features Reyka vodka, Cointreau, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, white cranberry juice and fresh lime juice. It’s topped with frozen cranberries.

Voodoo Taco now has happy hour

The locally-owned chain is known for its extensive variety of tacos and side dishes.

Dining Notes: Two new Omaha eateries specialize in lobster rolls

Food news include a new venture for the Tired Texan crew, stroopwaffles and more. 

Two popular sweets purveyors join forces for event

Hand pies and ice cream will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carter & Rye, 3544 Center St.

New restaurant from Tired Texan folks now open in Papillion

Poppin’ Smoke serves home-style Southern food such as fried green tomatoes, sweet potato fries and fried pork rinds. 

Iconic steer from Anthony's restaurant up for auction; proceeds will go to charity

The iconic steer that sat for 50 years atop Anthony’s Steakhouse at 72nd and L Streets is being auctioned off to the highest bidder.

CWS fans can find fabulous food any time of the day or night in Omaha area

No matter what time it is, restaurants across the Omaha metro area stand ready to serve. You can even enjoy a post-midnight meal if your game goes into extra innings.

Omaha's Great Grub: Burgers and baseball: Where to go if you're here for the CWS

We found six burgers we would all eat again in a heartbeat. But a few stood out. We had each had our reasons: The aioli. The caramelized onions. The barbecue sauce. The raisin jam. Even the fries.

CWS food hits all the bases: Spicy, sweet, savory and unusual

Executive sous chef Alec Woockman’s College World Series menu features more than 10 new entrees including a massive 14-inch beef sandwich. Check out all the new additions. 

Lo Sole Mio owners drop plan to sell, say July 2 is restaurant's last day

Lo Sole Mio, a longtime Omaha favorite restaurant, will close for good in a couple of weeks. The iconic Italian restaurant’s final day will be July 2.

Pizzeria opening soon on Leavenworth Street

The locally owned neighborhood pizza cafe will focus on fresh, simple ingredients on top of naturally leavened dough.

Website lists 11 best U.S. steakhouses; two are in Nebraska

The website asks readers to vote in its annual Best of Travel Awards. Other categories include the friendliest small towns in the country and the best state parks.

Switch Food Hall to close for update, reopen with new lineups

The hall in the Blackstone District will close June 26 for a redo.

Pipeline Tavern closes after a nearly 33-year run

The business was known for its summer kick-off bash concerts and $1 pint Wednesdays.

Dining Notes: Angus Burgers, Hunger Block and Spudnutz all close for good within days

Food news includes a new Frosty at Wendy’s, summer lunch boxes for kids and adults, a soon-to-open neighborhood pizzeria and more, in this week’s Dining Notes.

Joe Tess Place, an Omaha icon, closes for good this weekend

COVID was the first in a number of issues for Joe Tess Place, including inflation, supply and staffing problems.

Creighton athlete and entrepreneur turns baking into business

Eli Vedral is making a splash with Kookaburra Cookies, the business he launched a couple of years ago with a little capital, some big ideas and his brother’s Kitchen Aid mixer.

Hook & Lime offering vegan menu items

Here’s a sampling: vegan rice bowl, crispy sweet potato tacos, poblano and onion tamales and potato empanadas.

Cakes and cookies replace canoes at this summer camp

Participants between the ages of 8 and 12 will learn how to work in a kitchen, how to cook safely and how to make cookies and cake, including decorating techniques.

Council Bluffs vineyard and orchard open for season

Besides doughnuts, it offers apples, pumpkins, strawberries, apricots, peaches and cherries, plus a variety of native Iowa wines.

Popular Irish pub now has Sunday brunch

The brunch menu includes breakfast items such as bacon and eggs, plus fish and chips, Irish coffees and a mimosa bar.

Dining Notes: Indian restaurant specializing in biryani is opening in west Omaha

The extensive menu emphasizes its biryani specialties in multiple flavors, including paneer, egg, lamb, chicken and goat, among many others. 

This week is your last chance to flambe until fall

If you want to see the cart before it departs, visit the restaurant near 156th and Pacific Streets between 5 and 9:30 this Thursday. 

Taco Tequila Tuesdays involve trolley and tunes

Participants on the Ollie the Trolley tour will get a taco and drink at three authentic Mexican restaurants in Omaha for $49.95 per person. 

French-Asian bakery is coming to central Omaha

A “coming soon” sign is on a space at 7538 Dodge St., next to Charleston’s restaurant.

Mulhall’s has ice cream amid the plants

The artisan ice cream shop, at 3961 Farnam St. in the Blackstone District, is known for its farm-to-cone philosophy and use of products from local vendors such as Archetype Coffee, Burbach Dairy and Honey Creek Creamery.

Dining Notes: Mouth of the South is now open in the Old Market

The long-awaited Mouth of the South in the Old Market opened last Monday. It originally was expected to open in mid-January, but renovations took longer than expected.

Snack on this, Omaha: Tart with mousse filling and ganache from Camille's Bakery

Every Thursday in Omaha Dines, we will feature a recommended snack from a metro-area business. This week’s featured snack is Maya Swirl (tart with mousse filling and ganache) from Camille’s Bakery.

Mexican restaurant opens on North 72nd Street

The large menu includes items such as picadillo steak, potato enchiladas, al pastor quesadillas, a fried burria taco and numerous other entrees and appetizers.

Korean barbecue available on weekends at Bogie’s West

For $10.99, you get ½ pound of meat served with rice. A full pound plus rice is $16.99. You can add a side of kimchi for 99 cents.

Rusty Taco special features southern fried chicken

The Southern Fried Chicken Taco has diced dills on top of the hand-breaded bird. It’s finished with a drizzle of house-made honey barbecue sauce and slaw.

Dining Notes: Sauced by Alfaro takes over Piccolo Pete's space in Papillion

Food news includes a new French-Asian bakery, Taco Tequila Tuesday tours, food classes, a cancer benefit and Coneflower among the plants.

Cafe is new feature at Asian Market

The market is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Oasis Falafel is taking a break until June

The eatery will reopen in June. If you can’t wait until then, you can find Oasis products in Omaha grocery stores and coffee shops.

Voodoo Taco close to opening new location

Menu items include a wide variety of tacos, including barbacoa beef, fried chicken, alligator and jackfruit, plus bowls, salads, nachos and desserts.

New sushi restaurant opens in Countryside Village

Koji, featuring sushi, salads and hot and cold plates, is in the former location of Swartz’s Delicatessen. 

New B&G Tasty Foods will be near 90th and Blondo Streets

Entrepreneur Nick Bartholomew hopes to have the new B&G Tasty Foods open sometime in late summer, serving the same menu as the original. 

Wednesdays are for barbecue and blues

The lounge is located at 1449 Papillion Drive Suite 105 near 72nd Street and U.S. Highway 370.

Square Donut has more gluten-free options

Flavors include vanilla, strawberry or chocolate topped, crumb, powdered sugar, glazed, coconut, chocolate and maple.

It’s time for Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Omaha restaurants are getting ready for Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Paradise Bakery in Regency Shopping Center closes

The Village Pointe location of the business, near 168th Street and West Dodge Road, will remain open.

Tired Texan operators to take over food service at Papillion Legion post

Owners Chip and Christine Holland announced the move on social media last week. The current location of their restaurant, near 108th and L Streets in a Best Western motel, will close on Mother’s Day.

It wasn’t fake news: Taco Bell pizza returns in May

The fast-food behemoth announced that the beloved pie will return to outlets across the country on May 19.

Mexican food to replace ice cream in old Zesto’s location

The new Lina’s is expected to open in about two months.

Church’s Chicken is returning to Omaha

The chicken at Church’s comes in both mild and spicy, bone-in and tenders. Combo and family meals are available. 

Barbecue truck owners open brick-and-mortar store in Omaha

The restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and closed Sundays and Mondays.

Phyl's Deli opens in Old Market spot previously occupied by Ahmad's

The eatery offers handcrafted sandwiches and sides such as housemade kosher pickles and Zapp’s potato chips.

Popular Chicago taco truck — think Flaming Hot Cheetos — coming to Dandelion Pop-Up

Chef Anthony Solis is bringing his Prime Tacos to Omaha for this weekend’s Dandelion Pop-Up. The truck’s signature burger is a prime beef patty topped with nacho cheese sauce and Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Fazoli’s launches Lasagna Fest

Through June 26, Fazoli’s customers can order two new items as part of the restaurant chain’s Lasagna Fest event.

Travel the Pork Association’s Tenderloin Trail

You can request a trail passport at any of the restaurants, then try a pork tenderloin sandwich at each location and ask the staff to stamp your passport. When you’ve visited all five, you’ll win a T-shirt to prove that you conquered the Omaha Tenderloin Trail.

Magazine calls Omaha ‘one of the next great food cities’

Magazine editors say they focused on “under-the-radar culinary destinations” for the feature that’s now on their website ( The list included four smaller urban locations in addition to larger cities.

Dining Notes: Area Scooter's locations raising funds for aid efforts in Ukraine

Local Scooter’s outlets will accept donations at checkout throughout the month as part of the “Compassion Ukraine” effort by the YouCanFreeUs Foundation; And a butcher in David City is giving away $200 meat spree in this week’s Dining Notes.


Bagel Bin challah bread adds authenticity to 'Fiddler on the Roof' in Omaha

The kosher bakery is providing loaves of challah bread for the touring production of the popular musical at the Orpheum Theater. 

Dave’s Hot Chicken to roost in Omaha and Lincoln

Spice levels of the chicken range from “no spice” to “reaper.” Each restaurant also serves kale slaw, macaroni and cheese, crispy fries and cheese fries.

It will be business as usual for Holy Name Fish Fry this year

It was canceled last year and truncated in 2020 because of the pandemic. It will resume this year on its regular schedule, running from Feb. 25 (the Friday before the beginning of Lent) through April 8 (the Friday before Good Friday.)

Omaha-area restaurants getting ready for Valentine's Day

A tequila tasting, home-meal kits and fancy dinners are among the offerings for sweethearts this year. 

Swiss Roll ice cream? Little Debbie makes it so

The flavors are Cosmic Brownies, Honey Buns, Nutty Bars, Oatmeal Creme Pies, Zebra Cakes, Strawberry Shortcake Rolls and Swiss Rolls.

Over Easy, closed a month for repairs, reopens on Sunday

Over Easy is back to its regular hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. 

Greek Islands restaurant makes Yelp’s Top 100 List

Greek Islands, at 38th and Center Streets, is No. 96 on Yelp’s list of the top 100 U.S. restaurants in 2022, which features restaurants recommended by Yelp users. 

You can now dine in at the Deviled Egg Co.

The Deviled Egg Co., which grew from selling its wares online and at farmer’s markets, just opened a dining room in its store near 180th and Q Streets.

Fazoli’s offers five new menu items under 500 calories

The fast-food Italian restaurant recently added five menu items under 500 calories for less than $5 each.

Hacienda Real expected to open by spring

From the outside, it has looked ready for months. But inside, it’s still under construction, said Aurora Curiel, who owns two other Hacienda Real restaurants in Lincoln.

Louis 'Pal' Gorat, longtime owner of renowned Omaha steakhouse, dies at 92

In 1960, Louis “Pal” Gorat took over the steakhouse that has earned a place in the spotlight as the favorite restaurant of his longtime friend Warren Buffett.

Labor shortage forces Omaha-area restaurants to limit hours, cut capacity

The restaurant industry labor shortage is still a thing, and it appears that the omicron variant of COVID-19 is making it worse in Nebraska.

Dining Notes: Owner hopes two new Julio's locations will open by mid-2022

Two new Julio’s restaurants should be open in Omaha by the middle of the year, according to new owner Brett Clure.

Second Brownie Bar site being remodeled, should be open by mid-February

The owners of Brownie Bar have their sights set on Valentine’s Day.

Move over, charcuterie. Waffle boards are a thing

Modern Waffle will deliver the boards for free throughout the Omaha area. They’re recommended for baby or bridal showers, weekend brunches, office events and even slumber parties.

Event at Shucks focuses on shrimp

From Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, shrimp prepared several ways will be $5 a dozen. That includes peel and eat, crispy golden fried, Canadian grilled and shrimp cocktail, among other offerings.

Piccolo Pete’s is now open for dine-in service

Owner Scott Sheehan said he decided to launch the dine-in option due to popular demand. Masks are recommended.

Can cookies be a snow globe? Yes, and you can learn how

Participants will learn how to decorate with royal icing, use isomalt to create a glass effect and stack cookies to make a snow globe that stands on its own.

Fight January doldrums with Great Reuben Debate

Dante Wine School to be back in session

Tickets for the 2 p.m. session are $40 a piece and are available at

Brunch focus of Stokes Test Kitchen event

Reservations are available from Gavin Pino at the Old Market location, 402-408-9000, and Frank Moreno at Stokes West, 402-498-0804.

Omaha's Great Grub: Our favorite Caesar salad started as gift to a loving aunt

Helen’s Caesar Salad at Railcar Modern American Kitchen has a house-made dressing that hits all the right notes. Owner Jared Clarke created the salad for his ailing Aunt Helen.

Plank employees make hundreds of origami cranes to lift spirits of server with cancer

Corey Robison was astonished and deeply touched. “It was such an overwhelming moment of gratitude. That really solidified it for me. They are more than just co-workers. They care about my well-being.”

Reservations are required for high teas at Master’s Hand

The events, Feb. 4 and 5, will include both sweet and savory delicacies from the Master’s Hand kitchen. The cinnamon rolls at the café recently were named “best in the world” at

New Piccolo Pete’s, open for a week, changes hours

Gather in the Old Market launches takeout operation

The menu includes signature items such as the restaurant’s Brussels sprouts, pork buns, truffle pasta, fried chicken and salads made with greens grown in its hydroponic basement garden.

PizzaWest brings back salad bar

The bountiful bar will now be open on a trial basis at both locations of the locally-owned restaurant from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. every day through the end of January.

Dining Notes: The Itis, serving urban and comfort food, opens at Switch in Blackstone

The restaurant offers dine-in and takeout options. It has been open at the Switch for about three weeks.

Piccolo Pete's now open in downtown Papillion

Owner Scott Sheehan said the restaurant, using recipes from the historic original in South Omaha, will be takeout only for a while. 

In honor of National Soup Month, here are four recipes to try

Thanks to January being National Soup Month, you have a reason to bring out the soup pot and whip up your favorite batch. If you don’t have a favorite, here are four delicious recipes to try.

Good news, fans: Mexican Pizza may be back

The rumor is that Taco Bell is elevating it this time around with new varieties including double cheesy, chorizo and bacon-ranch. There’s also talk of a dessert version.

Farnam House brings back Sunday brunch

The restaurant’s kitchen crew is curating a menu that offers rotating specials from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday.

Good Evans to serve breakfast, lunch in Omaha

Good Evans will be at 1040 S. 74th Plaza, just west of 72nd and Pacific Streets. It’s expected to open sometime in February. 

Where do you want to eat? Before you say 'I don't know,' check out this list

Next time you ask “Where do you want to eat?” here are some options for the response: “I don’t care.”

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