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Omaha loses Village Inn at 44th and Dodge after parent company declares bankruptcy

Omaha loses Village Inn at 44th and Dodge after parent company declares bankruptcy

One of Omaha’s Village Inn restaurants has closed following a declaration of bankruptcy this week by the breakfast chain’s parent company.

The Village Inn near 44th and Dodge Streets had shuttered by Wednesday morning. A sign on the door said the location is “permanently closed” and a call to the store went to an automated message.

The Omaha location was one of 33 restaurants in several states recently closed by American Blue Ribbon Holdings, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday. Some of those closures included Bakers Square restaurants, a casual dining chain without a presence in Nebraska.

Another 17 restaurants had been closed in the last two years, court filings show. Those included a Village Inn in Lincoln. The company reported losing $11 million in 2018 and $7 million in 2019.

Village Inn’s website still lists several open locations in Nebraska, including seven in Omaha, two in Bellevue, one in Papillion and four in Lincoln. Council Bluffs also has two locations.

The Village Inn off Dodge had operated there for several decades. The World-Herald in 2017 chronicled the life of a waitress who had served tables at the restaurant for 45 years.

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Reece covers Omaha City Hall, including the City Council and Mayor's Office, and how decisions by local leaders affect Omaha residents. He's a born-and-raised Nebraskan and UNL graduate. Follow him on Twitter @reecereports. Phone: 402-444-1127​

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