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Changes for Hiro 88: remodel, 2nd location

The original location of Hiro 88, near 132nd Street and West Maple Road, will temporarily close for remodeling. The restaurant's owners also have plans for a new location in Millard, at 17664 Welch Plaza.

The northwest Omaha location will be closed for three to four months starting March 22, co-owner Charlie Yin said. The last day of service before the temporary closure is March 21. The restaurant opened 13 years ago, and it will get a new look similar to the other locations of Hiro, as well as kitchen and dining room upgrades.

The Millard location will open April 1 with some special events, Yin said. During the construction at West Maple Road, the staff will temporarily move to the restaurant's Millard location.

Marks Bistro to host wine tasting in new space

Marks Bistro is having its first wine-tasting event in its new gallery space, located below the second-floor restaurant in Dundee.

Co-owner Molly Romero said Wednesday's event is designed for wine lovers who want to build a personal collection, purchase wines at a discount or grow an existing collection.

Marks co-owner Mark Pluhacek, along with wine experts from Enotec, an Italian wine importer from Denver, and Quail Distributing, will serve a variety of Italian wines, both reds and whites, representing a range of price points.

The event will include live jazz and appetizers from Marks Chef James Davis that are designed to pair with the wines.

The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. and is $45 a diner. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 402-502-2203. Marks is at 4916 Underwood Ave.

Students to compete at culinary invitational

Amateur student chefs will put their culinary skills to the test at the annual ICA High School Culinary Invitational on Feb. 26.

More than 90 high school students representing Nebraska and Iowa schools will compete at the event, which will take place at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on Metropolitan Community College's Fort Omaha Campus, 5730 N. 30th St.

Teams will compete by preparing three-course meals and presenting their own restaurant concepts.

Their performance will be observed and rated by judges from leading postsecondary colleges and universities, local chefs and restaurateurs.

Students from Bellevue East, Fremont, Omaha Gross, Louisville, Milford, Millard Horizon, Millard West, Omaha Career Center, Omaha Northwest, Omaha South, Papillion-La Vista South, Plattsmouth, Ralston, Omaha Roncalli and Waverly will compete.

The event is free and open to the public and starts at 9 a.m. Scholarships, gift certificates, medals and a trophy will be presented during the awards ceremony at 4 p.m.

New PepperJax Grill to open with drive-thru

A new PepperJax Grill with a drive-thru opens to the public Wednesday in Bellevue near Highway 370 and Golden Boulevard.

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