From-scratch deli to open downtown this spring


Lincoln man to appear on sauerkraut brand label

Mike Marler of Lincoln really loves sauerkraut.

So much so that the 61-year-old will appear on the label of his favorite brand, Frank's Kraut, after he submitted his photo to a national contest.

Marler said he eats Frank's as a side dish with beef or pork and with hot dogs.

“I like it so much that I'll usually eat it as a lunch dish right out of the can,” he said.

Marler is retired from the Nebraska National Guard, where he worked as an IT manager for 20 years. He collects baseball and football cards and he and his wife, Debbie, spend a lot of time with their five grandkids.

The “Make Life Sweet” Sauerkraut Label Contest is ongoing. Kraut lovers still can submit their photographs to

The labels featuring Marler will be distributed nationally during the next few months.

Omaha's first Raising Cane's opens Thursday

Omaha's first Raising Cane's is slated to open Thursday, and the restaurant has treats in store on opening day.

The restaurant, which specializes in chicken fingers, is at 7060 Dodge St. It is the third Raising Cane's in Nebraska.

The restaurant will open with a ribbon-cutting at 9:30 a.m. and doors will open at 10 a.m. The first 100 dine-in customers will get a free T-shirt and a voucher for a free box combo that can be used on a later visit. Between Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, Omaha customers can enter a drawing in to win a $1,000 donation to a local charity of choice, along with free Cane's for a year.

Rhizosphere Farms might take break

Rhizosphere Farms, which supplies a number of local restaurants with produce and is a staple at Omaha farmers markets, may take a break in 2013.

The farm in Waterloo opened four years ago. Owner Terra Hall said in an email that the business will take a hiatus so the operators can save money to buy land. It was no longer feasible to run the business on rented ground, she said, and unless the business finds property in the next couple of months it will be on hiatus for 2013.

“We will miss delivering vegetables to drop spots and restaurants,” Hall said. “But what we are working for is not just a permanent vegetable farm, but land where we can create a sustainable food system.”

New Cherry Berry location in Omaha

A Cherry Berry frozen yogurt shop has opened in Countryside Village. It's the third Omaha location for the chain.

Cherry Berry has more than 50 self-service flavors of healthy and fat-free frozen yogurt flavors and offers more than 50 toppings.

The new location is at 8814 Pacific St.

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