The Surfside Club is back.
The restaurant, near the Neale Woods Nature Center and north of N.P. Dodge Park, will be open as soon as May 1, said Mike Walker, operating partner in the restaurant.
"We know people are excited," he said. "We are, too."
The Surfside Club, 14445 N. River Drive, closed in the summer of 2011 after the Missouri River flooded and has remained closed since.
Walker, who has worked in the Omaha restaurant business for 20 years and opened Boondockers, at 120th and Fort Streets, in 1991, said Surfside will serve the same classic recipes for its widely known fried chicken, catfish and hush puppies. Tom Mailander, another owner, is still on board, Walker said, and though Mailander won't be working at the restaurant, he will share the recipes.
Walker, who will be working in the kitchen, said he will add a charbroiled burger and fries to the menu as well as a chicken sandwich. The restaurant will also now serve Coke instead of Pepsi.
Inside, the restaurant has a new bar, a new ceiling, remodeled restrooms and a new waitress station.
Walker also plans to reopen an outlet that leads from the river to a marina west of the restaurant. On Monday afternoon, the marina, which he said has been there for years, was visible once again.
He hopes to draw boaters into the restaurant.
"We have been quietly working these last few months," Walker said. "There's no other place on the river now and we want to be here."
Surfside has a new phone number that will be operational Wednesday, and Walker said the restaurant will start hiring staff then. The phone number is 402-457-4000.
Clarification: A previous version of this story contained an imprecise location of the restaurant.