Taita, a new restaurant featuring seafood, is opening in Benson.
The restaurant's name is from an ancient Peruvian dialect, and it means father. Chef and owner Jose Dionicio is of Peruvian descent.
Dionicio will cook some Peruvian food, but he also is trained in sushi preparation, so the restaurant "will dabble in different genres," said R. David Morrison, general manager.
"We're focused on serving the best seafood, not only in Omaha but in the country," he said.
The restaurant, 6109 Maple St., has been having a "soft opening" since last weekend, and will have an official grand opening starting Friday. It's in the historic Benson Bakery building, most recently home to the Today Cafe.
Dionicio is a food-service veteran who had worked at the Boiler Room in the Old Market. Morrison also has worked in several restaurants, including his own fine-dining establishment in Persia, Iowa.
Hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. or so. In a couple of weeks, Morrison plans to add lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but hours aren't yet determined.
-- Features editor Betsie Freeman