Comfort food replaces Italian
Midtown Crossing's restaurant scene is changing yet again.
The Black Oak Grill will be the third restaurant to operate at 3157 Farnam St. Portovino Ristorante closed earlier this week.
Before Portovino, another restaurant owned by Levy Restaurant Group, Loft 610, was in that space.
Consolidated Restaurant Operations owns Black Oak, which will specialize in comfort food. The menu will include things like chicken fried steak, iron skillet trout and an Ozark bacon burger. The restaurant company owns and operates 150 restaurants around the United States and abroad. It also operates Cantina Laredo, another Midtown Crossing restaurant.
Lenny's Sub Shop also is opening in the development. The restaurant specializes in Philly cheese steaks and is based in Memphis, Tenn.
Omaha owners Stephanie and Wesley Klaus said they hope to open more Lenny's locations here in the future. Lenny's should open this fall.
French Bulldog delayed
The French Bulldog, owned by the same duo that runs Amsterdam Falafel and Kabob, will open later this summer.
The restaurant, which plans to serve cured meats and cheeses, among other items, should open in late July or August.
Owners Phil Anania and Anne Cavanaugh had originally planned to open in the spring, but construction delays pushed back the opening date. The restaurant's Facebook page says that as construction continues, they'll determine a specific opening date.
“We are excited to open our doors and finally be able to share this beautiful space and good food with everyone,” it says.
The French Bulldog is at 5003 Underwood Ave.
Sundays at Countryside
Countryside Village shopping center is playing host to “Summer Sundays in the Village” on Sundays in July.
The events will include barbecue and lemonade from Broadmoor Market, live music and raffles to win gift cards to the shops and restaurants in the shopping center.
The first event takes place Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Countryside Village is at 87th and Pacific Streets.
Breakfasts at Cafe 110
Cafe 110 in downtown Omaha has a new summer breakfast menu. New items include two eggs any style with potatoes and toast; biscuits and gravy; Belgian waffles with assorted toppings; omelets; breakfast burritos; egg and cheese croissants; French toast; fruit and yogurt parfaits; and a special latte of the day. Prices range from $2.50 and $4.50.
The restaurant also has a Sunday summer brunch series that runs through Sept. 23. Brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and musicians will provide live music from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The brunches are $8 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the local performers.
Cafe 110 is at 1299 Farnam St, Suite 110. For more information, call 402-932-4040.
A good cause at Sullivan's
Sullivan's Steakhouse is raising money for Boys Town Nebraska/Iowa.
Customers can donate retailer gift cards in the amount of $25 or more for gas and infant car seats to help families and children in need. Suggested retailers include Walmart, Target and local gas stations.
In return, Sullivan's will give the customers a $25 gift card to the restaurant. Customers can donate the gift cards at the hostess stand at Sullivan's, 222 S. 15th St., through Aug. 24.
For more information, call 402-342-0077.
Very cherry menu
Chef Clayton Chapman of the Grey Plume has planned a special four-course tasting menu as part of a national campaign for National Rainier Cherry Day.
His restaurant is representing Nebraska in the Northwest Cherries trade group's annual national campaign to promote the seasonal fruit. Rainier cherries are known for their crisp bite and pale yellow flesh.
Northwest Cherries chooses one restaurant in each state to create and share a menu item made with the fruit. Each participating restaurant receives $400 worth of free Rainier cherries, or about 40 pounds. In the past, restaurants have featured menu items like cherry cocktails or cherry compotes.
The Grey Plume's cherry menu will be available on Wednesday. For more information on the Rainier cherry events, visit www.nwcherries.com/treetotable. For more information on the Grey Plume's event, call 402-763-4447.
‘Miracles' at Mimi's
Mimi's Cafe is partnering with Children's Miracle Network to raise money for sick and injured kids. The restaurant has declared today “Muffins for Miracles” day. Customers can visit their local Mimi's and get a free strawberry shortcake muffin when they make a donation to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and make a purchase.
The fundraiser continues through July. Customers who donate will get up to $30 in coupon savings. Kids can do their part by filling in a Mimi's for Miracles coloring sheet with a get well message that will be displayed in the hospitals.
Mimi's Cafe in Omaha is at 301 N. 175th St.
Pasta essay wins big
Omahan Ruby Larson won $10,000 in a contest sponsored by Skinner Pasta.
Larson wrote an essay as part of the pasta company's “100 Years of Mealtime Memories Essay Contest.” Her story included a favorite memory of her mother's recipes that she's now passing down to her own children.
Creative coffee contest
Seattle's Best Coffee is looking for the country's most inventive coffee drink.
Participants in the “Red Cup Showdown,” which is tied to state fairs around the country, can enter a recipe on the Seattle's Best Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SeattlesBestCoffee. Recipes will be judged on use of the coffee, inspiration for the drink, taste and originality of the recipe.
One finalist will win $500, a year's supply of Seattle's Best Coffee and a trip to New York City to compete in a live coffee competition. The winner of the final competition will take home $10,000, and his or her drink will be served in Seattle's Best Coffee locations.
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