July 14, 2017

Lost Restaurants Of Omaha

I’ve written a book, you guys, and it’s about to be published! Here’s the first glimpse of “Lost Restaurants of Omaha,” set to be published by Arcadia Publishing and The History Press on Oct. 30, 2017. 

Lost Restaurants of Omaha cover

This has been a labor of love for over a year. I’ve interviewed a number of families and friends connected to some of Omaha’s most beloved restaurants; scoured hundreds of newspaper, magazines and books; and one time, chatted on the phone with Alexander Payne during my son’s 7th birthday. True story.

This is what book research looks like at Louie M’s Burger Lust. Louie Marcuzzo’s grandma opened Italian Gardens in Little Italy, a restaurant that was bombed days before opening.

There are some incredible photos in the book, too, and I want to express my appreciation for the folks at The Durham Museum Photo Archive, who not only helped me search for photos properly, but helped make it affordable to secure the rights to use the images. You can browse their archives, too, and even reprint photos for your own use. 

Researching this book made made me realize how connected restaurants are to this city’s history. Many of the restaurants in this book were open during my lifetime and, yet, I never dined there. My hope is that what I’ve written will recreate some of those dining experiences for those who did make it to those restaurants, and inform the rest of us what we missed. Writing this book spurred the Old School Omaha dining series on this blog where I visited some of Omaha’s oldest restaurants, because I don’t want to realize too late that I missed visiting a gem in my own city.

Stay tuned for details on the book release, book signings and more!


  1. Paula Ishii says:

    Where will your book be sold?

  2. Curious, is Deano’s Greek Village included in your book?

    • No, that one wasn’t included. I have a list of quite a few restaurants that didn’t make the cut for various reasons.

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