Last year, Omaha got an early holiday gift in the form of a brand new entertainment district in the heart of the city! The Capitol District offers a modern twist on a town square filled with adorable shops, upscale restaurants, swanky bars, cozy cafes, luxury apartments and overnight accommodations.
If you’ve tasted the handcrafted cocktails and vast whiskey selection at Burdock + Bitters, sampled the Nebraska-inspired fare at Society 1854, or even just soaked in the sunshine in the plaza while people watching, you know just how special the Capitol District is when it comes to a fun day or night out on the town. But soon, Omaha residents will have even more to love!
The Capitol District will welcome an abundance of new shops and developments this summer, including several restaurants, a karaoke bar, a speakeasy, a jazz club and a touring exhibition. “Our next phase of restaurants and entertainment venues with Midwest owners and operators will add to our destination dining and entertainment experience,” said Mike Moylan of Shamrock Development. “Each one will give people something new to discover in downtown Omaha as they open throughout 2018.”
Here’s a sneak peek at all of the fun things to come!
We can all agree that every entertainment district needs a great pizza joint — and our wishes have been granted in the form of Lighthouse Pizza! This fun and casual eatery already has a home base on Omaha’s west side (1004 S 74th Plaza), but will open a new location in the Capitol District in the coming months. Enjoy a whopping nine-inch slice of ‘za, dig into a basket of fries with indulgent toppings, and sample the wide variety of beer on tap. Menu favorites include the mac & cheese pizza (with roast chicken, bacon, macaroni and Alfredo sauce), the Thai chicken pizza (with green peppers, onions, sweet chili and Thai peanut sauce), or the Ed & Sal (bacon, parmesan garlic fries and Lighthouse sauce).
This small steakhouse chain based in Kansas City has outposts in several Midwestern cities. After taking a glance at the menu, we are more than happy to welcome it with open arms to Omaha! Whether you’re on the hunt for an elegant date night spot, a fun place to catch up with friends, or just a high-quality meal, you’ll find what you’re looking for at J. Gilbert’s. The menu features straightforward cocktails, mouthwatering steaks and seafood dishes, and a selection of sides that are delicious enough to stand alone.
You might have guessed from the name that Burgerim serves burgers. But did you know that the burgers are slider-sized and made to order? The smaller size allows customers to try several different (and delectable) combinations in one meal. Choose from 11 patty options (including vegetarian and vegan choices), six sauces, nine toppings and three different buns. The opportunities are endless!
Omaha restaurateur Juan Magana already has an excellent reputation. He is the mastermind behind the Corner Kick (in Milliard) and the Hoppy Taco (in Dundee), and he is now preparing to open his third concept, Época Cantina, in the heart of the Capitol District. Expect a colorful hotspot for Mexican street food and margaritas!
Moe & Curly’s, a west Omaha-based staple for karaoke, casual cocktails and beer on tap, is gearing up to expand their business into the Capitol District. The pub will offer karaoke seven days a week, along with the same, fun, dive-bar atmosphere that Omahans have grown to know and love.
Howard and Fine
On the other end of the spectrum, we’re expecting the addition of a fine speakeasy with craft cocktails and upscale hors d’oeuvres. Howard and Fine is a new concept from the owners of Moe & Curly’s, but (because it’s a speakeasy), that’s all we can share with you. You will have to discover the bar’s secrets for yourself!
The Jewell will be a live music and dining experience that is original to the Capitol District. The high-end jazz club will host national acts and emerging local artists alike in an intimate setting, and guests can enjoy their offerings alongside craft cocktails, high-end entrées and shareables, and an extensive wine list. It’s the perfect setting for date night!
This premier, educational exhibition has been experienced by more than 15 million people worldwide so far, but Omahans will soon have their chance to get an up-close look. Bodies is currently set up in Atlanta and Las Vegas, and offers an intimate and informative view of the human body. An innovative preservation process allows spectators to see the human body’s inner beauty with more than 200 actual human bodies and specimens that have been artfully (and respectfully) displayed. It’s a unique chance to learn about our own skeletal, muscular, nervous and circulatory systems in a way that truly resonates and makes sense — you won’t want to miss it.
Time to plan a visit!
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