New west cafe's focus is organic
The Harvest Cafe, a new restaurant that celebrates local, organic food, is open in west Omaha.
Chef Robert Barr, an Omaha native who has worked at restaurants in Elkhorn, is behind the menu.
Owner Tom Sawyer originally planned to open the restaurant in 2007, but his wife, Tricia, was diagnosed with breast cancer and died in 2010. Sawyer and his son, Jake, opened the restaurant in her honor earlier this month.
The restaurant's motto, “Good Clean Food,” represents its fusion of California cuisine and a traditional European cafe. The restaurant doesn't use preservatives or additives and uses as much organic, locally purchased produce and animal-considerate meats as possible.
The restaurant is at 16909 Lakeside Hills Plaza, just northwest of 168th Street and West Center Road. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will open for breakfast later in August. An upscale wine bar and a full kitchen with table service will launch this fall. The phone number is 402-933-2535 and its website is www.harvestcafeomaha.com.
Omaha one of top bar cities
Omahans like to say we have the highest number of restaurants per capita of any city, but some new data might prove us wrong: Omaha isn't one of the top food cities, according to the research.
Instead, it's one of the top three bar cities.
Trulia, a real estate trendwatcher, created maps that divide the country into restaurant cities and bar cities, and Omaha pops up as the city with the third highest bar density: 8.3 bars per 10,000 households.
The top food cities: San Francisco, with 39.3 restaurants per 10,000 households, New York City and the surrounding area, and Seattle.
The city with the highest density of bars is New Orleans, with 8.6 bars per 10,000 households, followed by Milwaukee and Omaha.
For the full list of cities and Trulia's maps, visit Omaha.com.
Giving back to mark 10 years
Cheeseburger in Paradise is marking 10 years in business and is doing some good as part of a monthlong celebration.
The restaurant is partnering with Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization that raises money to combat child hunger. During August, the restaurant will donate $1 for each “Birthday Burger” it sells, with a minimum donation of $10,000 to the charity.
The chain, which has one location in Omaha, at Village Pointe shopping center, also is offering weekly deals during the month. The week of Aug. 6, diners will receive a birthday card that includes a coupon for $10 off their next visit; the week of Aug. 13, the restaurant will host its Big Anniversary Celebration that includes a special dessert for each guest; and during the week of Aug. 27, the restaurant will host a special 10th anniversary celebration event. Guests can sign up for the party at the restaurant.
— Staff writer Sarah Baker Hansen
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