Two local favorite coffee shops are coming together.
Omaha-based Scooter’s Coffee, which has more than 230 locations in 15 states, plans to purchase Crane Coffee.
Crane Coffee has eight locations, all in Omaha. Scooter’s has more than three dozen locations in the Omaha area. Crane locations will be rebranded to Scooter’s during the next 90 days, according to a press release.
Further details of the sale were not disclosed Thursday.
“The timing is right for Linda and me to sell Crane Coffee, and we want to be sure we sell the brand to the right people,” Crane Coffee owner Keith Graeve said in a statement. “ Once the deal is completed, it will make for an easy transition for our employees.”
Graeve called the two businesses “a great match.”
“Scooter’s Coffee feels very fortunate to be able to possibly acquire Crane Coffee locations maintaining local ownership of this 28-year-old Omaha company,” Scooter’s Chief Operating Officer Mike Rogers said in the release.
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Hits: creative Tigelle, the signature wood fired pizza crust and an excellent selection of roasted vegetables, particularly the cauliflower.
Misses: A salmon tartare arrived aggressively salty. I wished for more flavor from the mushroom arancini. Read the full review here
Taste of India
Hits: Gingery, thick dal and a matar paneer loaded with Indian cheese and tender green peas.
Misses: I wish a dipping sauce came with the naan, which is otherwise good but can be a bit doughy at its center. Read the full review here
Kathmandu Momo Station
Hits: The momos, particularly the pork and chicken, are standout. And when the Burmese ramen is available, its a light, fresh version of the dish.
Hits: The bright pink, creamy açaí bowls pack flavor, texture and healthy ingredients.
Osaka Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Hits: The simple rolls, including a tuna cucumber, and sushi tasted fresh and clean. Hibachi items come with plenty of vegetables and nicely cooked meat.
Misses: Yellowtail sushi had a chewy finish, and sides, like salads and miso soup, are pretty basic. Read the full review here
Hits: The Italian beef sandwich was the best of what we tried.
Misses: Across the board, the crust (thin, deep dish and a special "double dough") had very little flavor. A thin-crust pepperoni slice was extremely greasy. Read the full review here
Ansel's Pastrami and Bagels
Hits: The beer-boiled bagels are great, particularly as part of a breakfast sandwich. Don't skip the house-made pastrami.
High Peak Asian Restaurant
Hits: Burmese specialties including the chicken kebat, tea leaf salad and bun tay kauswer
Hits: The Le Pig Mac, with pork patties; an interesting take on bangers and mash and a tasty pastrami Reuben.
Olive & Ash Pizza Co.
Hits: The thicker, pan-style crust was best, particularly with the house combination of toppings.
Misses: The thin crust isn't quite New York style — it's too thick for that. We wished for more flavor from the ingredients, which often got overwhelmed by cheese. Read the full review here
Hits: There is not a misstep on the new, larger menu. Particular favorites? The minty hummus platter with beautiful vegetables, a delicious mushroom bourguignon and a mind-blowing cinnamon roll.
Hits: The wagyu slider and the classic, full-sized burger were good, as were a couple of the more creative patties, like lamb.
Misses: The dry aged slider had a chewy texture, and grilled chicken arrived dry. The greens on a California-style burger were tinged with brown. Read the full review here
Hits: The chicken curry and the vindaloo were the best of the entrees. A creamy mango lassi cooled things down.
Misses: The tikka masala was sweeter than we'd had before. The sauces across the board could have used more depth of flavor. Read the full review here
Rathskeller Bier Haus
Hits: A curry sausage, a tasty cheese and meat plate and an interesting take on macaroni and cheese made with homemade spätzle instead of pasta.
Angus Burgers & Shakes
Hits: The classic drive-in burger was a huge hit, and one of the more simple burgers on the menu. The loaded Nebraska farmer, a sort of breakfast burger, also pleased.
Misses: We wished the thin patties could have been cooked less in almost every case. A Reuben burger was overloaded with Thousand Island dressing. Read the full review here.
J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood
Hits: All steaks but one arrived perfectly cooked and well seasoned. The creamed corn was a surprisingly delicious side, and the coconut cake an excellent dessert.
Misses: Steak frites arrived medium instead of medium rare, as ordered. We wished for more pretzel flavor in pretzel-coated onion rings. Read the full review here
Hits: Fish is fresh and tasty across the board. We especially enjoyed the seafood ramen (spicy!), the poke ceviche bowl and the spicy tuna tots.
Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Cue
Hits: The smoked half chicken and the pulled pork were especially tasty.
Mouth of the South
Hits: Crab cakes, smoky gumbo and flavorful etoufee are all excellent.
Shahi India Grill
Hits: Butter chicken, naan, a carrot dessert and a flavorful Indian tea.
Lighthouse Pizza & Fries
Hits: The best of the house pizzas we tried are the Sparky (just as good as what's at the original location) and the flavorful vegetarian pesto. The hand-cut fries are tasty.
Misses: Some house pizzas are over-the-top, heavy on sauces and toppings. The super fries are intense, though tasty. Don't think about calories. Read full review here
Hits: The beef at The Drover is legendary for a reason, as is the whiskey marinade, which never overwhelms the meat. Sides are hearty and filling, and the salad bar is a classic.
Rally Coffee Co.
Hits: The toast selections are tasty and creative, even when they only feature bread and butter. The coffee and coffee drinks, particularly a cardamom latte, are excellent.
Misses: We wished for salsa that wasn't half frozen with an order of breakfast tacos. Read full review here
Timber Creek Pizza Pub & Grill
Hits: The fried pickles are especially splurge-worthy, and the pizzas, with a mid-weight crust and plenty of toppings, are rich. Craft cocktails were surprisingly inventive.
Misses: The thick layer of cream cheese on one pizza was a bit much for me personally, but I can see how the masses might disagree. Read full review here
Hits: The falafel at Oasis is super crispy and really flavorful. I appreciate that all the sauces, the hummus and the baba ganoush are made from scratch with care.
Misses: We liked all the food; I mostly wish Oasis were open more (its owners say Saturday lunch is coming soon.) Read full review here
Mayne St. Market
Hits: The hot sandwiches, including the Reuben and a club, were great, as was the matzo ball soup.
Misses: A side of pasta salad was just OK; the chicken salad was good but we liked the hot sandwiches more. Read full review here
Hits: High-end takes on takeout favorites, like a duck confit egg roll, are fun and tasty.
Jinya Ramen Bar
Hits: The sprouted up and spicy umami miso ramen bowls were both great. Don't skip the excellent house made gyoza.
Hits: The southern classics were all great, particularly the red beans and rice and the shrimp and grits.
Culprit Cafe Midtown Crossing
Hits: Food, particularly bread, is great across the board. A pot pie, a side of crispy potatoes and a gravlax sandwich were all hits.
Mode de Vie
Hits: A flavorful, herbacious cassoulet and a high-end take on the diner burger were both tasty. The cheese and meat board is also worth sampling.
Misses: We wished for more flavor out of a chicken and puff pastry dish, and some servers need work when it comes to explaining the sparkling wine list. Read full review here
The Stave Wine & Cheese Parlour
Hits: The Stave specializes in cheese and meat plates, and the Wisconsin cheddars are particularly tasty.
Fauxmaha Hot Dogs
Hits: All the dogs were tasty, though the mac and cheese and the banh mi dogs were favorites.
Hits: The candy and cookie flavored rolled ice creams were the best.
The Hunger Block
Hits: The arroz chaufa, Latin fried rice, is great. So are the tacos. If you like mezcal, be sure to try the smoky rosemary flower cocktail.
Misses: Chips one night arrived cold and greasy, and the meat on an arepa sandwich was dry. Read full review here
The Grove Juicery
Hits: The sweet Jane green juice was my favorite of all I tried.
Misses: The acai bowl had more ice than fruit, and was scant on toppings compared to others I've tried. Read full review here
Hits: The bison burger, the pommes frites and a chocolate milkshake with good texture pleased.
Misses: A brat and a sausage both had a too-chewy texture, and a Reuben, though made with nice meat, was soggy. Read full review here
Hits: A tender grilled octopus appetizer and a modern take on shrimp scampi pleased.
Misses: Overcooked beef was a disappointment, as was too-tough duck in an otherwise creative salad. Read full review here
Hits: The simpler plates off the sushi train — seaweed salad, stuffed tofu skin, a spicy tuna roll and a rainbow roll — were the best of what we had. Off the menu, we had a nice piece of yellowtail sushi.
Misses: A lot of the "fancier" sushi rolls are coated in a thick layer of mayo-based aioli; no matter the fillings, the heavy-handed sauce makes them all taste the same.
Hits: The Umami burger was outstanding, and the ribs rank among the best I've had in town. Also: The Old Bay-seasoned fries and the cheesecake.
Misses: A grilled asparagus side came with a woody texture, especially near the bottom of the stalk. Read full review here
Craft Sliders + Beer
Hits: The house blend of beef has great flavor, and when we asked for a slider done medium, the kitchen achieved it. The vegan jackfruit and hot chicken sliders are good, too.
Misses: Small, store bought croutons on the salad were disappointing. Fried cauliflower, while tasty, was a bit odd served on a bed of greens with a side of cheese sauce. Service is spotty. Read full review here
Hits: There’s tons of ice cream treats on the menu, we especially liked the cookie sandwich. The over-the-top garbage burger is worth sampling.
Chaima African Cuisine
Hits: Grilled tilaipa served with fried plantains and cassava couscous is excellent.
Paddy McGown's Pub and Grill
Hits: Solid wings, a tasty Reuben and an addictive, cheesy corn nugget appetizer called Blarney stones. Decent onion rings, too.
Hits: The filling in a curry beef bao had good flavor, and the potstickers were the best of the dumplings.
Misses: The kitchen couldn't execute the dish on the specials menu, we received two cold bao, and many of the other dumplings and bao we tried tasted mostly of raw dough. Service was spotty at best. Read full review here
Hits: All your old favorites are just as good as you remember.
Misses: The specials menu was hit-and-miss: A recent halibut special with Asian flavors pleased, but a duck special, while nicely cooked, had flavors that didn’t make sense together. Read full review here
Dante Pizzeria Napoletana
Hits: The pizza at the second location is just as good, from top to bottom, as what diners find out west. A chicken puttanesca had the perfect balance of savory and salty flavors.
Misses: The crust on a pressed salumi sandwich got soggy from too much liquidy giardiniera pepper sauce. Read full review here
Steak & Grapes
Hits: The appetizers are creative, and we especially enjoyed fried ribs and a take on escargot with beef and funky Gorgonzola cheese.
Misses: Fish and chips were too heavily breaded and bland, and scallops were overwhelmed with cheese and cheese crackers in a baked dish. Read full review
TNT Walking Taco
Hits: The namesake walking taco is the best thing we tried; I especially appreciated the wide variety of fresh toppings, though I wished for more diversity in sauce flavors.
Misses: A taquito — even when it's free — wasn't great, with a greasy exterior and flavorless filling. And a fried taco shell also disappointed, with a greasy, soggy finish. Read full review here
Farine + Four
Hits: The baguette at Farine + Four is one of the best in Omaha; so is the croissant and the delectable Tosca, an almond-scented dessert.
Hits: The baguette at Farine + Four is one of the best in Omaha; so is the croissant and the delectable Tosca, an almond-scented dessert.
Misses: The fried chicken on a sandwich I tried one day was a touch greasy.
Amateur Coffee Parlor
Hits: The house-roasted coffee beans are great, and I especially liked brewing the "affogato" bag at home. Drinks made at the shop didn't disappoint, either.
Hits: A surprisingly good Reuben sandwich and the Bird Cage, slices of French toast with eggs at their center.
Misses: The hash browns come served in a tiny tower, but the design means just the top is crispy. I wished for better bread in both the cinnamon toast, an appetizer, and on the hippie sandwich. Read full review here
Hits: We tried all 19 chocolates in the case one day, and none dissapointed. Favorites included the hazelnut honey crunch, the tea-infused Paris and the sweet-tart passion fruit.
Misses: Tina Tweedy is making a chocolate for every taste, and there isn't a bad one in the bunch. Read full review here
Hits: For the adventurous, there’s plenty, but one of my favorite moments had to be the hamachos, a play on nachos made with hamachi and chicharrones.
Misses: We didn’t have a bad dish at Yoshitomo, and owner David Utterback’s focus on quality, freshness and creativity is the reason why. Read full review here
The Bánh Mì Shop
Hits: The Bánh Mì special cold cut, the most classic of the sandwiches, hit all the right notes: fresh pickled vegetables, warm pork and a slather each of pate and mayonnaise. The lemongrass marinade and hoisin on the grilled pork also pleased.
Monarch Prime and Bar
Hits: The restaurant’s specialty is a 45-ounce wagyu tomahawk chop that’s aged in-house for 60 days. It’s $150 and serves two to three and, if you are feeling splurgy, is absolutely worth trying. Monarch’s unexpected take on prime rib is also excellent.
1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria
Hits: Buffalo wings were surprisingly tasty, with plenty of meat and a spicy sauce. The margherita pizza on the thinner crust was the best of the three we tried.
Misses: A menu with pictures can make things tricky. Pizzas I saw on the restaurant’s website had deeply browned crust and crust bubbles; those I tried in real life lacked those qualities. Read full review here