Omaha | Open Thanksgiving Day 2018


We found many ways to eat and enjoy Thanksgiving Day in Omaha with family and friends.

This is a select group of restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day 2018.

  • Monarch Prime & Bar, 316 S 15th St, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., 531-365-3911
  • Society 1854, 222 N 10th St, Reservations 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Marriott Hotel
  • Liberty Tavern, 1001 Cass St., Reservations 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Hilton Hotel
  • Beacon Hills, 6750 Mercy Road, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 402-933-3115
  • Jams in the Old Market, 1101 Harney St., 4 to 10 p.m., 402-614-9333.

  • Brother Sebastian’s, 1350 S. 119th St., Reservations noon to 7 p.m., 402-330-0300
  • Cascio’s Steakhouse, 1620 S. 10th St., 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 402-345-8313
  • Johnny’s Cafe, 4702 S. 27th St., Reservations 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 402-731-4774
  • Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 222 S. 15th St., noon to 8 p.m., 402-342-0077
  • 11-Worth Cafe, 2419 Leavenworth St, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 402-346-6924

The Holiday Lights Festival happens for the last time in Gene Leahey Mall. The Mayor will be on the there to kick off the season with tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Enjoy Old Market Shopping & Dining during Holidays in the Old Market with a light spectacular and featuring special events, drinks and music on Small Business Saturday.


Maha Music Festival

10 Years. Same Name. Sweet music. The coolest part: Omaha based.

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Discover| Bemis Park

Tree-lined streets perfectly situated north of Cuming Street in the Midtown area make up the Bemis Park Heritage District.

Not even the Easter Sunday tornado of 1913 could stop this historic neighborhood Read More

Discover Fontenelle Forest

There’s something inherently peaceful and just right about being in nature. It doesn’t matter where it’s at. The smells, the sights, and above all else: the quietness. It’s here that we escape the business and noise that we’ve come to escape living in a city. Read More

Discover|Field Club

It’s the beauty within a city that often makes it the most mesmerizing. Neighborhoods like Field Club add to it’s beauty. Read More

Haunted Nebraska

Guest blogger: Tayden Bundy of

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Haunted Nebraska provides information about ghost stories, ghost tours, and ghost related events in Nebraska. My mission is to get others involved locally and nationally with the spookier side of the state. I travel the state to collect stories, photographs, attend events and tours, and collect historical evidence related to hauntings and then relay my experiences through the use of social media and a new blog post every Sunday.

Check out my website at to see reviews, stories, events, and information about anything related to Haunted Nebraska. Never stop exploring the spookier side.

Editor note: You can explore the haunted site in Omaha with the Nebraska Tour Company Haunted Omaha Tour which is available all year long. Learn more >

The first rule about Culinary Fight Club

D8F01103-42AD-4A69-AFF4-F6B419BA45EF“The first rule about Culinary Fight Club? Don’t talk about Culinary Fight Club”

Four chefs. 60 Minutes. Their goal? To create unique, appetizing and gourmet tailgating eats, fit for a football game. To create food this delicious requires not only skills, but efficiency, attention to detail, and the most important factor: incorporating Samuel Adams Beer and ground beef into their dish. Their teams were battle tested, but only one chef could come out victorious.

Chef Michael Hogan. Chef Matt Burt. Chef Dallas Brunner. Chef Giovanni Franco. Your Culinary Fight Club contestants. The first priority? Pick ingredients comprising their dish. Each chef had one minute to grab all the ingredients they could handle,courtesy of the Dining Dash race. One caveat: they could only carry ingredients in the apron they were wearing. Their next step? Creation.

At their respective stations you could hear “Yes Chef, no Chef!” Each second, each minute, counting down. Aromas combining to create“the tailgate smell.” Each chef showed no signs of nervousness working faster with precision handling. Adding to the atmosphere were the many guests taking pictures, asking questions,gazing curiously as each plate came together.

However, the fans don’t determine the winners: Our judges do: Alan Rust (President:Nebraska Food Touring Company), Zac Delap (NBC’s Food Fighters Champ), and Will Silvey Simons (Yelp Omaha Community Manager). They were ready and eager to test the skills of these chefs. Each chef presented their plate awaiting their fate from the judges.

Each chef did an amazing job and made their restaurants proud. Unfortunately, only one winner could be chosen. After much deliberation our winners were announced. The Fan vote: Chef Michael Hogan’s gourmet burger dog with special slaw and beer cheese sauce: A savory taste that created a unique flavor in a unique shape. Read More

Discover|Gifford Park

IMG_7807You’ve probably driven past it many times, not even realizing what beautiful hidden gem lies just past Dodge & 33rd St next to a bustling Midtown. Named after Dr Harold Gifford who donated this land, Gifford Park has continued to be a staple in Omaha.

Just behind the K-N-J Grocery Store lies a breath-taking mural. The community loves it. For them, it represents the strong community attachment they have and feel toward one another. It compliments the economic growth in the Mid-town area. It brings everyone together during their market shopping, especially on Friday nights. The mural colors represent the diversity within the community, complimenting their strong bonds.

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Sagaray Gurung; International Omaha Flavor

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Himalayan flavors from Nepal are emerging in the city of Omaha. Sagaray Gurung is a local with a past in Nepal that came to the city in 1996. He has a graphic design background with a passion for food. He brought Himalayan Java to downtown about 2 years ago. This location is the first location of the Nepal company serving Nepalese coffee in a casual atmosphere. He and his wife had their beautiful daughter soon after the shop opened. He is the American manager helping to open other franchise coffee locations around the country.

Sagaray is responsible for introducing the latest food craze in Omaha: Momo dumplings which are a street food from his country. In Nepal these tasty bites are like burgers or wings to us. Today, you can get your Momo at Himalayan Java a couple days a week in either chicken or veggie. You can also get them on Fridays next to Scriptown Brewing in the Katmandu Momo Station. That location will become permanent soon. The new place will offer a wider variety of sauces because Momo is incomplete without sauce. He may also add other Nepalese street food like BBQ.

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Omaha Italian Santa Lucia Festival

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Guest blogger: Leanna from

Omaha is no stranger to good food and fun summer festivals. And as someone who has traveled the world, I am such a sucker for these events, as I LOVE to go and get a taste of different countries right here in the comfort of my home city.

As the author over at, I want to inspire people to travel and explore our own cities and state RIGHT HERE IN NEBRASKA. In fact, it is surprising to a lot of people, even us locals, just how much there is to do in Cornhusker State! Check out 26 EXPERIENCES to be Had in Nebraska or check out our Ultimate Bucket List of Things to Do in Nebraska.

But one of the things that Nebraska (and in particular, Omaha) does right is hold numerous ethnic festivals celebrating countries all over the world, their heritage, food, culture and more.

One of these is the Santa Lucia festival, held along the Lewis and Clark Landing in Downtown. Now, I don’t know about you, but I feel like Italian food is just one of those genres that you simply can’t go wrong with! Everyone loves SOME kind of Italian food (or if you are like me, you just like it ALL!)

While the Omaha Santa Lucia festival is on the smaller side, there is no doubt that you’ll leave with an absolutely full stomach of delicious, homemade Italian classics and favorites. I personally had a little too much fun making my own food tour of the stalls! Read More

Cali Commons | Shared Space Omaha

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Cali Commons is built for the uncommonly creative. It is a community of local artists, musicians, designers and makers. It provides resources to create independent revenue streams, access point to engage our members for new projects and commissions and a space for community interaction, professional collaboration and creative cooperation. Our community will get to participate in the process of taking ideas from concept through execution so the community can directly invest in creative talent. Read More

Discover | Midtown Crossing

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Midtown Crossing was created by Mutual of Omaha around an expanded and updated Turner Park which opened in 2010. The district may look corporate but there are many locally owned businesses in the area. You can shop at The Afternoon which is an Omaha tradition for over 50 years. Have a craft cocktail at the locally owned Proof. Enjoy a meal on the patio at the local Della Costa restaurant. It also has the only movie theater in the urban core. You can also live in one of the hundreds of apartments and condos that surround the park.

Turner Park dates back to 1900 when a Nebraska pioneer and real estate professional donated the land for a public park. Today, residents enjoy summer events like the Turner Night Market, Jazz on the Green and weekly movies.

Discover, shop and eat around Midtown Crossing. You are also invited to join us for a walking food tour of the area: Midtown Food Tour.

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