A popular Omaha steakhouse that closed its last location several years ago has reopened at the Shops of Legacy.

Yves Menard opened the first Austin’s Steaks and Saloon in 1986 with his wife, Karen, their first-ever restaurant. The Nov. 19th launch of the new Austin’s in the former Steak and Grapes near 168th Street and West Center Road was his 45th opening. He also owns and operates Charlie’s on the Lake near 144th and L Streets.

The original Austin’s grew to seven locations across the area. The last one, at 120th and L Streets, closed in 2008 and later became a Famous Dave’s.

Menard said he opened the new Austin’s because west Omaha didn’t have many steakhouses. The site became available in August.

“The opportunity came up to buy a restaurant that went out of business. I asked two managers from Charlie’s (if they wanted to work with him on Austin’s) and they said, ‘We’d love to do that with you,’ ” he said.

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The menu has the same favorites, including steaks that come from the top 7% of the certified Angus beef raised in Nebraska. He said one goal is to teach people about different cuts of meat. Menard also brought back Austin’s popular chicken fried steak and chicken, as well as homemade mashed potatoes and French fries.

Now, Austin’s also serves veal, lamb and duck.

“It’s updated. People’s palates have changed since 1986,” he said. “We always want people to try something new. What can we do to get you hooked to wanting veal and lamb?”

The restaurant also offers an assortment of alcohol, including a good-yet-affordable glass of wine at $4.50, he said.

It’s open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. It’s closed on Sunday. Their website is austinssteaksandsaloon.com

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