La Vista’s new City Centre development has announced its first wave of restaurants and businesses — and the mix includes craft beer, barbecue, sushi, a malt shop and the Foxtail nightclub.
Also in the early bird batch are the Vivere Apartments and office space for City Ventures, the main developer behind the $235 million project.
Chris Erickson of City Ventures said other leases are in the works for the 34-acre complex — a former shopping center — that stretches along 84th Street between Brentwood Drive and just north of Giles Road.
“We feel like it’s coming together just the way it should be,” he said. “We’ve continued to push, and construction is going smoothly.”
Some of the newly announced businesses are expected to open as early as September, he said. Set to move in:
- The Heights Draft Room, run by a Sarpy County family, is a craft beer bar with 30 rotating taps and a variety of bottled beer, wine and cocktail options.
Joey Jones said his mission is to expand knowledge and appreciation of craft beer. He believes that his place will stand out as a relaxed atmosphere to unwind and catch up or make new friends.
- Local restaurateur Nick Bartholomew plans multiple restaurant concepts that include: OverEasy, with breakfast, brunch and lunch options; Bullitt County BBQ, which will feature secret sauces from several Omaha-area chefs; and Malted, a malt shop featuring house-made ice cream and adult-only options, too.
- Pittsburgh-based restaurant and bar team AMPD Group will also bring several themed restaurants. Spokesman Adam DeSimone said part of the lure was having as a neighbor the big indoor-outdoor music venue planned at the site.
Incoming AMPD restaurants are: Steel Cactus Restaurant & Cantina, a Tex-Mex style eatery with a variety of margaritas; Standard Market and Pint House, which will offer healthy dining and self-serve beer taps; the Social House, an Asian restaurant and lounge featuring sushi and more; and the Foxtail Nightclub and event venue.
Erickson said the ventures run by Jones and Bartholomew should open in September. They will be on the street level of a Vivere Apartments building that should be open for move-ins in August.
City Ventures will later move its offices onto the ground floor of the second Vivere building. The Vivere (loosely translated “the life” or “to live” in Italian) will contain 384 units and feature loft options and rooftop decks.
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Erickson said the businesses that have signed on so far reflect the void he saw early on in the area: neighborhood restaurants.
He said a groundbreaking is expected in August or September on City Centre’s indoor-outdoor music venue.
Erickson said that the development offers plenty of parking and that area employers are taking notice.
“We believe City Centre will soon become a distinct destination that will draw folks from across the metro,” he said.
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