Charleston’s plans midtown restaurant
Charleston’s is coming to midtown Omaha.
The restaurant is opening a second location just west of 72nd and Dodge Streets, in the former Old Country Buffet spot.
Managing partner Vince Fletcher has been looking to open another location for 10 years, and after two years of negotiation, this space worked out.
He said the new restaurant will serve diners who don’t want to drive as far west as the original location at 13851 FNB Parkway. The restaurant will have two private dining rooms and Fletcher said he hopes to be open by next summer.
Sunday is Food Day Omaha
The second annual Food Day Omaha is this weekend. The free event at Aksarben Village is arranged by the Omaha Farmers Market and the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition and offers dozens of free family activities that promote healthier eating, affordable food and local agriculture.
The event is part of a national movement modeled after Earth Day, and events are planned nationwide on or around Oct. 24.
More than 30 local food and health organizations will be on site and more than 70 farmers market vendors will be there selling seasonal produce and other food. Activities for kids, information on cooking, tips for planting gardens, agricultural education and education on affordable and healthful food options are all part of the day. The event is free and free parking is available.
Food Day Omaha is Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 67th and Center Streets. For more information, visit www.foodday.org.
New restaurant in Old Market
J’s on Jackson, in the Old Market, is open.
The restaurant took over the location formerly occupied by the Passport Restaurant, which closed earlier this year, on the corner of 11th and Jackson Streets. Owner Jay Siers runs two other J’s Steakhouse restaurants in Norfolk and Fremont.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and the phone number is 402-991-1188.
Marble Slab Creamery opens
Omaha’s first Marble Slab Creamery is open in the Old Market.
The worldwide chain serves premium hand-mixed ice cream made in small batches using dairy from local farms. It also serves hand-rolled waffle cones; mix-ins including fresh fruit, nuts, candy and cookies; and ice cream cakes.
The restaurant is at 510 S. 12th St., and the phone number is 402-933-5280.
Little King’s back in Old Market
Little King’s Old Market location has reopened, also at 12th and Howard Streets. The phone number for the Nebraska-based sandwich shop is 402-344-2264.
Celebrate with half-price pizza
Dante Ristorante Pizzeria is celebrating its third birthday with half-price Margherita pizza.
The special will be on the menu through Nov. 15, and chef Nick Strawhecker said it’s timely because October is also National Pizza Month.
Dante is at 16901 Wright Plaza. The special is good for dine-in or carryout.
Wine director in Benson
The former owner of Urban Wine Co. now is with Taita Restaurant in Benson.
Shawn Robinson said the seafood restaurant should have its liquor license in the next few weeks, and he will become its wine director. He plans to add both wine and cocktail lists.
Taita is also debuting a new tasting menu Monday through Thursday that features a three-course meal for $20. The restaurant is at 6109 Maple St.
— Staff writer Sarah Baker Hansen
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