The regulars are already calling.
As soon as the owners of Jams Bar and Grill announced that its large-scale mural, which the new owners removed as part of a renovation earlier this year, was to be auctioned off, the phone began ringing.
The mural, painted by Omaha-based Stuart Bohlim, was a favorite detail of Jams diners. It covered nearly the entire east wall, and regulars liked to identify the character in the colorful nightlife scene that looked most like them.
The mural will be for sale as part of an online charity auction on May 17 at 8 p.m. Interested buyers can visit proxibid.com to view the catalog and place pre-bids. Each section of the mural starts at $1,500.
The restaurant will celebrate the sale with a special dinner, slated for May 17. A cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and a three-course dinner is at 7. The auction begins at 8 p.m. The event is $150 a person and includes the meal, drinks and a bottle of the Jams Pinot Noir.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to Project Harmony and Men Go Red.
Aaron McKeever, who now owns Jams, said one of the mural’s eight sections, which are each four feet by eight feet, is garnering the most interest.
“The first piece, which was closest to the windows, has had about five times more inquiries than the rest of the pieces,” he said.
The other seven pieces, though, have received inquiries. McKeever said at least one person has inquired about buying the entire mural.
“I don’t know where you would put that,” he said, chuckling.
McKeever said he expects most bidders to be long-time Jams lovers.
And those Jams lovers who don’t have the wall space for a piece of art can still make the work a part of their collection: The restaurant has reprinted the art on a series of bottles of wine for sale at the restaurant. Diners who collect all 12 will have the entire mural in smaller form; it’s the same bottle that those who attend the dinner will go home with.
To RSVP for the dinner event, call 402-399-8300. For more information on the sale, visit proxibid.com/auctionsolutions.