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Thursday, March 27, 2008

New Omaha Restaurant Openings

posted by snekse
A new feature here on GFC. We'll be tracking new restaurant openings on this page, so be sure to bookmark this spot if you care to keep in the know. Well be adding new spots at the top and deleting old ones from the bottom.

Opening Soon

The Grey Plume Restaurant (late October or early November)
220 S. 31st Ave. (Midtown Crossing at Turner Park's)

Blanc Burgers + Bottles (August 2010)
Midtown Crossing at Turner Park's

Cantina Laredo (late summer 2010)
Midtown Crossing at Turner Park's Notes

Delice European Bakery and Café (Sometime in 2010?)
Midtown Crossing at Turner Park's Notes

Famous Dave's (Rumored late 2009)
13015 Birch Dr (Former Chili's location)

Lina's Mexican Restaurant (September 2009?)
5832 S. 144th St. (former Bella's Burgers & Gyros near 144th and Millard Ave.)

Five Guys Burger and Fries (Fall 2009?)
17370 Lakeside Hills Plaza (Open?)

Hiro 88 (January 2010?)
13th and Jackson in the Old Market(Second Location)

Barley's bar and grill (November 2008)
1502 Cuming St. (Inside the former InPlay)

Billy's Miracle Hills Cafe (Sept 2008 ?)
627 N. 114th St. (in the former Miracle Hills Cafe)

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers (August 2008)
72nd Street and Highway 370

Now Open

The Daily Grub (April 21st 2010)
20th and Pierce Street (From the minds behind Clean Plate)

Antojitos Mexican Cafe
601 Ft Crook Rd N, Bellevue, NE 68005

Zum Biergarten (October 2009)
513 Fort Crook Rd. N (Bellevue, NE)

Flavors India (December 2009) 19th & Farnham St. Dante Pizzeria Napoletana (December 2009?)
16901 Wright Plaza (Legacy Plaza)

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Gold-Medal Tap (November 2009)
1101 Harney St. (Former Famous Dave's location)

72nd and Jones

132nd and L Street

Pitch Pizzeria (November 2009)
5021 Underwood Ave. (Former Dundee Dinner Theatre location)

Sheridan’s Frozen Custard (October 2009)
2615 S 180th St (Re-opened in the same location)

Dhaba Indian Cuisine (September 25th, 2009)
2012 N 117th Ave (Ste 101 ? - Former Starbucks location)

Mexitaco (October 2009)
Near 88th and Maple St.

Zemog's Cocina Mexicana (September 2009)
10904 Q St.

Five Guys Burger and Fries (August 2009)
697 North 132nd St.

WheatFields Express (August 2009)
1206 Howard St.

370 Grill
11336 S. 96th St. (near 96th & Hwy 370)

The 1020
5013 Underwood Ave. (Former Trovato's location)

Latino Restaurant
108th & Q St. (In the original Cuba Linda location)
(402) 592-2770

Casa Maruca Mexican Restaurant
77th& L Street

Mother India Cuisine
3572 Leavenworth Street, Omaha, NE 68105
(402) 763-2880

Swirls Donuts & Bakery
12317 West Maple Road
(402) 933-9696
(Now Closed)

Tierra Caliente
9537 Q St., Omaha, NE 68127
(402) 933-4547

Mama Jo's Pizza & Pasta
3113 N. 120th St. (near 120th Street and West Maple Road)
(402) 933-4803

Union Pizzeria and Sports Bar
1420 Cuming St. (Downtown NoDo area)
(402) 932-2929

Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
72nd Street and Crown Point Avenue

Boiler Room (Review @ GFC)
11th and Jones Street

La Mesa
156th and Q Street

94/95 Sports Grille
17857 Pierce Plaza (Former T-Bones Grillhouse location)

Billy Frogg's Grill & Bar (3rd location)
8045 S. 83rd Ave. in La Vista

Ryan's Bistro
17607 Gold Plaza (Old O Mai Vietnamese location)
[See our Preview of Ryan's Bistro]

Shucks Fish House & Oyster Bar
168th & Center (former Tasting Room location?)
(This will be a second location)

G & J's Kitchen Southern Cuisine [CLOSED]
Benson (Former Sweet Georgine's location)

Blue Planet Natural Grill
6307 Center St. (near 63rd and Center)
(402) 218-4555

Julian’s Tex Mex Restaurant
721 N. 132nd St. (Old Cafe DiCoppia spot)

Stokes - Legacy (West Omaha Location)
17520 Wright St # 106

Crystal Jade Restaurant
7255 Cedar St. (former Village Inn location)

Finicky Frank's
9520 Calhoun Road

PepperJax Grill
8406 Park Drive

Texas Roadhouse
7302 Olson Drive (72nd & Hwy 370)

Worker's Takeout Deli
1317 S. 50th St., Omaha NE

Blue Sushi - Downtown (Old Market Location)
416 S 12th Street
(402) 408-5566

The Coney Stop
1229 S. 180th St.

SmokeShack BBQ
2615 Chandler Road
(402) 598-0703

Tussey's Casual Grill
9229 Mormon Bridge Plaza
(402) 884-2288

Blue Line Coffee (2nd location)
749 N. 14th St. (near 14th and Cuming Streets)
(402) 932-4463

McKenna's Blues, Booze & BBQ
2499 Freedom Park Road (inside The Anchor Inn)

Juba Restaurant
Nicholas Street and Saddle Creek Road

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Nebraska Brewing Co opening Nov 17th

posted by snekse
I confirmed with Paul Kavulak that The Nebraska Brewing Company will open to the public this Saturday. Their opening brews will include the Nut Brown Ale, Belgian Wit, Hefeweizen (EOS), IPA, and an Irish Red. The Cardinal Pale Ale will follow within the week (they didn’t want to rush it off of the dry hopping that it is going through) A Holiday Ale will be offered right around Thanksgiving and they’ve got their Brewer’s Choice roadmap all planned. You can read a little more about these beers, the food they'll be serving and get additional news updates through their website.

If you get a chance to check them out this weekend, let us know your initial thoughts on the place.

*** UPDATE ***
Beginning November 25th, the brewery will be offering brunch on Sundays from 9 A.M. until 1 P.M .

Also, The Nebraska Beer Blog provides an early review of Nebraska Brewing Company's opening beers.

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Meet the Nebraska Brewing Company

posted by snekse
When I first heard about Nebraska Brewing Company opening in Papillion, I had serious doubts about the place. I've been to too many "brewery-restaurants" that seem to wade in the mediocrity pool and rarely impress. I had doubts until I met Paul Kavulak, principal owner of Nebraska Brewing Company.

Paul is a man after my own heart. An information technology professional with a thing for history and beer. And as I found out, a bit of an obsessive fanatic like myself. He doesn't just like beer; he's been home brewing for 15 years. In 1992, a co-worker introduced him to the craft and just a year later he entered his first competition with a Scotch Ale and won a People's Choice award. Paul was one of the original members of the OmaHops Homebrew Club and was the club Secretary for awhile. So this isn't just someone thinking a brew pub could make them a lot of money, this is someone who *really* loves beer.

This also isn't just someone who loves beer who happened to one day think "Man it would be cool to own a brewery". This has been a flame in the back of his mind for at least 10 years. As a matter of fact, Kavulak and some of his OmaHops friends were to be the owners of the Jones Street Brewery when it closed, only to be thwarted by a last minute change in the terms that didn't agree with his analytical mind [CORRECTION: The other people involved with the attempted purchase were Dean Dobmeier (the brewer at Jones Street Brewery) and Bill Baburek (Cresent Moon)] . That logic-over-passion thought process is yet another reason I am excited for this place to open. The research and planning that has gone into this opening is impressive to say the least. It won't guarantee success, but it certainly helps.

Finally, you may have asked yourself "Does Omaha need another brew pub?" While I've always thought there was room for another brewery in Omaha, I never really felt there was a need for one. After talking with Paul, I did realize that there are a few spots in Omaha the do NEED one, including Papillion. The next question is, how will NBC be different? I found the answer to this very interesting. One of the reasons Kavulak stopped competing was because he always brewed beer for his own tastes which meant that sometimes a Porter or Lager he brewed wouldn't fit within the "style guidelines" for that particular brew, thus big point deductions which kill your chances to really compete. A perfect example of that is when he entered the same Scotch Ale that won the People's Choice award into a different competition only to have it score poorly due to the 12% ABV - far outside the upper range of 10% for even the strongest Scotch Ales according to the judging guidelines. Showings like this took some of the fun out of competing, so he decided to stop and just brew what he loves. He will strive to keep that philosophy while trying to find that delicate balance with broad appeal. I also found it interesting that Kavulak, being the history buff he is, wants to bring back some of Nebraska's rich brewing tradition which was wiped out for the most part during the prohibition. I believe Omaha has room for a brewery like this.

So I bid an early welcome to the Nebraska Brewing Company.

The Nebraska Brewing Company
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Nebraska Brewing Company (Foodaphilia)

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