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Peppi returns to his post at La Casa in midtown Omaha

Peppi returns to his post at La Casa in midtown Omaha

When Glenn Greet moved here five years ago, he discovered something disturbing: It was hard to find his favorite foods and other products from the British Isles.

The happy-go-lucky, mandolin-playing icon was returned Monday to the sign at La Casa Pizzaria, near 45th and Leavenworth Streets. A garbage truck tipped him over in November.

Peppi’s injuries were non-life-threatening. But the crash left him in the shop for about five months, said Brandon Hahn, the restaurant’s business manager.

Peppi underwent knee and hip replacements at Signworks. Workers repaired sheet metal, replaced neon and repainted him so everything matched, Hahn said.

Repairs were covered by insurance and cost upward of $30,000.

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Peppi, La Casa Pizzaria’s happy-go-lucky, mandolin-playing icon, returned to his home near 45th and Leavenworth Streets on Monday. A garbage truck tipped him over in November, leaving the sign in the shop for about five months. “We’re very glad to have him back and show people where the restaurant is again,” said Brandon Hahn, the restaurant’s business manager.

Peppi has stood outside the restaurant for 63 years. His sudden departure had customers inquiring about his whereabouts almost immediately, Hahn said. As he was being taken down from his pole, customers were calling asking if the restaurant was still open.

“He has been there forever,” Hahn said. “We’re very glad to have him back and show people where the restaurant is again.”


Omaha World-Herald: Omaha Dines

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