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Downtown restaurant named after Omaha madam slated to open in May
By Sarah Baker Hansen
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


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Omaha natives Eric Hochstein and Jeff Luby are opening Wilson and Washburn, a new gastropub at 1407 Harney St., this spring.

The restaurant is named after Omaha's infamous madam, Anna Wilson, who was known in the 1800s as the “Queen of the Underworld,” and one of her employees, Josie Washburn. The owners hope to be open by May.

They plan to give the space a facelift — previously it was the Foundation and, before that, Gilligan's — and it will be open for lunch, dinner and late-night cocktails. The restaurant will have 25 craft beers on tap, plus wine and drinks.

Luby worked as a bartender in New York for 15 years and just moved back to Omaha. Hochstein moved back in 2005 after living in Baltimore. He's worked in restaurants for years.

Earlier this week, The World-Herald ran a photo of the restaurant's windows — which were hidden under a facade — painted with critters from Levenson Chemical Exterminating, which has since moved. The windows show images of an ant, a rat, a bed bug, a moth and a cockroach.

The owners plan to preserve the windows and use them as a design element in the building’s common areas.

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