A tavern in the form of a tiny house owned by a team with big ideas is preparing to open on 13th Street south of downtown Omaha.

Called the Tiny House, the bar at 1411 S. 13th St. is being launched by a group including the real estate duo leading the broader effort to revive that section of Little Bohemia.

Colleen Mason and Ryan Ellis of PJ Morgan Real Estate are also joined by investors such as artist Watie White, whose studio was in the area even before the Morgan company bought the iconic Bohemian Cafe building, the former Maryland Theatre and more.

“We really do love this area — and we’re all in,” Mason said.

Tuesday, the Omaha City Council voted unanimously to recommend approval of a liquor license for Tiny House LLC. The application, which now moves to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission, met some opposition.

Lou Ann Boress, an area resident, said she doesn’t think the bar belongs in the neighborhood near families. In a letter to the council, she said people could drive or walk a few blocks north to the Old Market to have a drink.

“If you are trying to develop the 13th Street area, then make it family-friendly attractive for families to enjoy,” she said. “Stop trying to turn it into the Las Vegas Strip.”

To such concerns, Mason said that the Morgan team has been researching and working to revive the area since 2015, and aims for a business mix that draws both visitors and longtime neighbors during days and nights.

The Tiny House — it actually is an old but renovated one-story residence with a capacity for about 50 customers — is shooting for a fall opening, Mason said. It would close earlier than traditional taverns, she said, and include an outdoor patio area. The former residence was built around 1910.

“This is the first piece of this development that has any ties to a nightlife,” Mason said. She called the community-building component extremely important to the revitalization effort. “We’re not looking to do anything that might jeopardize that in any way.”


The location in Little Bohemia where a tavern in the form of a tiny house owned by a team with big ideas is preparing to open on 13th Street south of downtown Omaha.

The future Tiny House tavern is across the street from the former Bohemian Cafe and in the midst of a cluster of structures the Morgan company bought and has rehabilitated. On the southeast corner is a two-story brick building that’s been leased, Mason said. (Its tenant is to make an announcement soon.)

Just south of that brick structure is another small, old house transformed into the recently opened Evergreen Salon. South of it is the Tiny House bar, the newly opened Archetype Coffee and the nonprofit Omaha Creative Institute. An old bumper and auto structure also revamped by the Morgan group remains open for leasing, as does the Maryland Theatre. (Boho Rice had planned to occupy some space but decided otherwise, Mason said.)

On the west side of 13th, renovations are soon to start on the Bohemian Cafe building, Mason said. She said her team is close to securing restaurant and lounge tenants for that space.

South of the cafe at 1414-1416 S. 13th St. is the recently opened Grain and Mortar branding firm and new-to-market menswear shop, Vincent Outfitting Co. Owners of those sister companies bought their properties from the Morgan group.

Other entities unrelated to the Morgan group, including the Ethnic Sandwich Shop at 1438 S. 13th St., settled earlier on the 13th Street corridor, which once thrived as the heartbeat of the city’s old Czech community. Some unrelated investments came after the Morgan group bought its chunk of properties.

Mary Thompson, president of the Dahlman Neighborhood Association, raised concerns to the City Council on Tuesday that the bar would exacerbate what she said were parking problems along the 13th Street corridor.

“I personally do not feel the urgent necessity to grant a liquor license,” she said.

But Sean Kelley, an attorney for the bar’s owners, said parking lots nearby with about 100 stalls would be available to patrons, he said.

World-Herald staff writer Emily Nohr contributed to this report.

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