Johnny's celebrates 90th
Johnny's Cafe, an Omaha mainstay, is celebrating its 90th birthday. It opened in 1922.
The celebration begins with two specials.
Through tomorrow, every steak and prime rib on the menu is $22. Beginning Sunday and continuing through July 27, diners can get two prime rib sandwiches for $19.22.
The restaurant is at 4702 S. 27th St.
McAlister's on the way
McAlister's Deli is coming to Nebraska.
The national chain of fast-casual restaurants known for its sweet tea plans to open five restaurants in Lincoln and Omaha. Bobby Salvo and Deli Inc. are the developers.
The Mississippi-based McAlister's has 307 locations in 22 states across the country. Its menu includes sandwiches, giant spuds, salads, soups and sweets. For more information, visit www.mcalistersdeli.com.
Steak special at Venice Inn
Caniglia's Venice Inn has a new Saturday night special.
Every weekend, diners can get a 17-ounce choice cut T-bone steak dinner for $22.75. The dinner include a cup of soup, salad bar, choice of pasta or vegetable and Italian spumoni ice cream for dessert.
The special begins at 5 p.m. Caniglia's Venice Inn is at 6920 Pacific St.
New owners for McFoster's
After facing closure earlier this year because of back taxes, McFoster's Natural Kind Cafe has new owners.
Kelly and Chris Johnson bought the business from former owners Tom and Mary Foster, who ran it for 10 years.
In a Facebook post, Tom Foster said that he and his wife will work at the restaurant through the transition.
The Johnsons plan a few initial changes, including seasonal menus.
In February, Foster owed $15,000 in back property taxes. Customers helped the restaurant raise enough money to pay the tab so it could stay in business.
McFoster's, at 38th and Farnam Streets, has been an Omaha vegetarian mainstay for 18 years. Its menu is primarily meatless, though it serves free-range chicken and fresh seafood. Everything on its menu is free of refined flour and sugars, and it uses organic produce from local gardeners.
Lincoln Spaghetti Works closing
The Spaghetti Works restaurant in downtown Lincoln is closing July 29.
Shelly Stokes, president of Spaghetti Works, said competition on the downtown Lincoln restaurant scene is one reason for the closure. The restaurant opened in 1980.
The company sold its building, at 228 N. 12th St., to U.S. Property, which is pursuing a new restaurant for the space.
“We are sad to be leaving Lincoln,” Stokes said.
U.S. Property manages commercial and residential spaces in Lincoln and around the country.
The other locations of Spaghetti Works, including the one in the Old Market, 502 S. 11th St., and one in Ralston, 8416 Park Drive, will stay open. The restaurant also has a location in Des Moines.
New from Kearney author
A Kearney-based cookbook author has a new title on the shelves.
Theresa Millang's latest book, “Salad Suppers,” is available at Amazon.com and features more than 200 recipes for 15-minute main-dish salads that include chicken, turkey, seafood, beef, pork and vegetarian options.
Millang has written a number of other books, including “The Joy of Rhubarb” and “Cooking with Rotisserie Chicken.”
Kudos for the Bistro
Nebraska-based users of OpenTable.com voted Metropolitan Community College's Sage Student Bistro as the state's best restaurant.
More than 18,000 local users of Open Table voted for Sage as part of the OpenTable Choice List program. Diners book a reservation on the site and then after they dine, they can fill out a form online to rank the experience.
Spencer's for Steaks and Chops and Mahogany Prime Omaha were ranked behind the Bistro.
The Bistro, which opened in 2004, is part of the learning experience for students in Metro's culinary program.
It is on the Institute for the Culinary Arts Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort Streets, Building 22. For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu/bistro.
— Staff writer Sarah Baker Hansen