2 new restaurants announced at Nebraska Crossing

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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:00 am

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Cutchall Management Co. will open two new restaurants next month at Nebraska Crossing Outlets that will feature gourmet burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches and a selection of beer and wine.

Burger Star, which is relocating to the Gretna outlet center from its original 72nd and Pacific location, will offer a chef's blend of ground beef burgers, fresh-cut fries, milkshakes and up to 18 beers on tap, said Greg Cutchall, president and chief executive of Omaha-based Cutchall Management.

Nebraska Crossing will be the first location of Cutchall's latest restaurant, Big Cheese, a grilled gourmet cheese sandwich concept offering 10 cheese sandwiches, soups, salads, bakery goods, locally made ice cream and a selection of 12 wines.

“Burger Star and Big Cheese will give our guests delicious and fun dining options while they are shopping,” said Rod Yates, head of OTB Destination. Yates and mall majority owner Frank Krejci of Omaha's Century Development are developing the new $112 million, 350,000-square-foot shopping center at the intersection of Interstate 80 and U.S. Highways 6 and 31.

Burger Star and Big Cheese will share the same 4,500-square-foot space, including seating and patio areas., but will have separate service counters, Cutchall said. His company owns and operates more than 50 restaurants in five states under seven brand names: Sonic, Dominos, Famous Dave's, Paradise Bakery & Cafe, Tin Star, Twin Peaks and Rock Bottom.

Last summer, he said he was converting the Burger Star at 72nd and Pacific Streets into a First Watch daytime cafe and looking for a new location for Burger Star.

Both of the Nebraska Crossing venues will offer touch-screen kiosk ordering as well as traditional service counters.

The road to Gretna, however, wasn't direct for Cutchall Management.

“When Frank Krejci and Rod Yates first came to see me about a year ago to discuss opening a restaurant at Nebraska Crossing, I politely told them to come back and see me when they have the Crossroads development ready,” Cutchall said.

“I think it was around August when I learned in an Omaha World-Herald article of the new design and the major amount of first-class retailers they had secured that I changed my mind,” he said. “They are taking the regional retail landscape to a new level ... and I am pleased to be a small part of it.”

The shopping center is scheduled to open Nov. 15 with more than 65 outlet and factory stores.

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