A POPULARwest omaha Cajun restaurant has opened a second location in dundee. acadian Grille took over the space occupied by Kith and Kin without a pause in business, said Tim siragusa, general manager of the new restaurant. The original acadian Grille is at 114th street and West dodge road. dan o'brien owns both outlets. Kith and Kin owners sam Fam restaurant Group and Cutchall management Co. are no longer associated with the location.
Siragusa said he launched a new menu at dundee on Tuesday, with many items that are similar to the 114th street restaurant. It also offers some new dishes and a couple of holdovers from Kith and Kin.
"There's a smoker here, so we're keeping ribs, brisket and burnt ends," he said. "It also includes an Impossible burger."
he said they've also added the mickey burger, similar to a backyard burger that has lettuce, tomato and onion with optional add-ons such as fried egg, cheese and bacon. They're also offering a smoked salmon dill salad from the other location.
They've lowered prices across the board, siragusa said, including spirits, with $8 glasses of wine and cocktails in the $5 to $6 range. bottled wine is half-price on three nights of the week.
he said he's also "working hard to get the stuffiness out of the room" that had been there since the space opened as Paragon restaurant. on each table, he's putting two types of hot sauce and mismatched salt and pepper shakers he's been buying at salvation army stores across town.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. sunday. It's closed mondays.
happy hours run from 3 to 5 p.m. each day.
Camille's Bakery opens in Countryside Village
Camille's bakery has opened in Countryside village near 87th and Pacific streets.
Baker James Nimtz, who owns the business with his wife, Camille, said he specializes in French pastries such as cream puffs and profiteroles. he got a job at a small French bakery in oakland, California, right after high school and worked there for about a decade. he and Camille, who is originally from omaha, have a combined 20 years of experience at restaurants, bakeries and catering companies in the san Francisco bay area.
"The lady who taught me was a follower of Julia Child, so I do a lot of old-fashioned cakes and pastries," Nimtz said.
The bakery offers small cakes that serve up to five people for intimate birthday celebrations, plus mousses, cheesecakes, truffles, pineapple upside-down cakes and individual quiches "that have been popular," Nimtz said. It also has several other savory dishes and some gluten free treats.
Camille's is open from 2 to 5 p.m. monday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. saturday and sunday.
Bud Olson's Bar, friend to shift workers, taps its last beer
On weekdays, bud olson's bar was never closed for more than four hours at a time.
Now, it's closed for good. It served its last drinks on halloween, when it was so crowded that a caller could barely hear the bartender over the phone.
The tavern at 32nd and Leavenworth streets was popular with working folks - especially shift workers — because it was open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. monday through Friday, catching patrons when they were done for the day, no matter what time it was.
owner Kerry olson — bud's granddaughter — confirmed the closing, but didn't want to talk about it when she was reached a few days before the end. Calls after that weren't answered.
The bar had been open for about 50 years and had become known for its lending library and a mural of Georges seurat's "a sunday afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." It also had no happy hours because, as previous owner Tom olson (bud's son) once said, the drinks already were the cheapest in town.
bud's went out with distinction: It was featured on Thrillist.com's list of best dive bars in america last year.
Omaha bar offers discount for selfieswith famous rock
Omaha's famous rock is plaguing drivers once again.
after a short reprieve, more vehicles have gotten snagged on the boulder that camps out in a plaza near 156th street and West maple road.
but one local business decided to honor the rock. Kind of.
show a photo of yourself with the rock to servers at mars bar and Grill, and you'll nab a $2 discount on your meal or full-size beer.
"We're close by and we have a lot of fun with it," said mars booth, owner of the bar and grill at 16268 evans Plaza.
Booth said they're too far away to see cars getting high-centered on the rock, but they've been following its rise to fame. since becoming a local celeb, the rock has sported googly eyes and photos of dwayne "The rock" Johnson.
stories about the rock have been picked up by local and national news outlets. a Facebook group devoted to all of the rock's happenings has more than 8,600 fans. The rock also is designated as a tourist destination on Google maps — and it has a 5-star review.
BETSIE FREEMAN AND KELSEY STEWART