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Mutual of Omaha & Mutual of Omaha Bank

August 24th, 2018 No comments

For over 41 years, Mutual of Omaha Plaza was my daily work destination. Mutual of Omaha Plaza consists of the buildings from 33rd & Dodge Street south to Harney Street, and west to 35th Ave.  Headquartered on this campus are the Mutual of Omaha affiliated companies as well as Mutual of Omaha Bank. It was, and is, a great place to work. Founded in 1909 as the Mutual Benefit Health & Accident Association, Mutual of Omaha has succeeded in the insurance and banking marketplaces by focusing on the needs of its customers. They protect what people care about and are there when they are needed. Helping people reach their financial goals is in the company’s DNA. The company and their employees are known for their integrity, generosity, and community engagement. Over the years, the company has made major investments in Omaha, including real estate developments in Regency (West Omaha), and more recently Midtown Crossing at Turner Park which it still oversees.  A Fortune 500 company with excellent financial ratings, it is a company you can trust for all of your banking and insurance needs. Give one of their agents or personal bankers a call. Happy Motoring!

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Joslyn Castle

August 23rd, 2018 No comments

Located at 3902 Davenport Street is one of Omaha’s great historical treasures – the Joslyn Castle. The castle preserves the history of one of Omaha’s greatest families. Built by George and Sarah Joslyn in 1903, the 35-room castle comprises 19,360 square feet of ornate woodworking and architectural majesty. A pioneer in the newspaper industry, George built the Western Newspaper Union into the largest “ready print” supplier in the country at that time. Accumulating great wealth, the Joslyn family used their wealth to work for the benefit of others. Through their generosity, they established many great organizations, including UNO, the Nebraska Humane Society, the Omaha Community Playhouse and Joslyn Art Museum, to name a few. The staff at the castle do a wonderful job of preserving the building, Omaha history, and the Joslyn family legacy. Take a tour when you are able. Tours are held on the First and Third Sundays each month and on Mondays. See their website for times and admission costs. Happy Motoring!

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Art Studio of Therman Statom

March 1st, 2017 No comments

Located just south of Leavenworth, on 20th Street, is the art studio of Therman Statom. An Omaha treasure, Therman advocates for youth across Omaha and around the world. Therman serves on the Board of Directors for Kaneko, and directs program development for that organization. Therman’s glass art works have been exhibited in galleries around the world through the Art in Embassies program of the U.S. Department of State.  The Smithsonian Institute’s recently opened African-American Heritage Museum on the National Mall in Washington D.C. displays some of his art works. Therman is active in the native american and South Sudanese communities of Omaha helping these people with issues of assimilation and preservation of cultural heritage. Inquiries (for purchase of his original works) may be directed to (402)315-7660 for a private viewing of his works. Happy Motoring!

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J. Coco Restaurant

February 13th, 2013 No comments

JCoco_002JCoco_001Located at 5203 Leavenworth Street, in the building that formerly housed Wolner’s neighborhood grocery,  is J. Coco Restaurant. Opened in March 2012, and named for head chef and owner, Jennifer Coco, the restaurant serves traditional fare using fresh, natural ingredients from local growers. Although the menu is abbreviated, the entree’s are masterfully prepared and there is a robust wine selection. Food plates delivered from the kitchen are artfully organized, tempting diners to photograph their meals rather than disturb them with their forks.  The restaurant gets my vote for Omaha’s “most outstanding meal presentation”.

I especially enjoy the soups and salads at J. Coco. The grilled chicken antipasti salad is delightful.  And, fresh french bread is served with the soup of the day.

For a pleasant dining experience, give J. Coco a try when you are in midtown Omaha. The restaurant is typically busy, so I recommend calling ahead for reservations. J. Coco is open for lunch on weekdays, and dinner (Monday through Saturday). Happy Motoring!

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Chick-fil-A Express

November 30th, 2011 No comments

Located inside the Mutual of Omaha Bank building at 3333 Farnam Street in the heart of Midtown Crossing is Chick-fil-A Express.  In business since 1995, Chick-fil-A, is one of the most recognizable brands in the country – the cows in its commercials encouraging the public to “Eat Mor Chikin”.  Now, at the midtown location, Omaha locals can enjoy the signature chicken sandwiches and waffle fries that have appealed to the restaurant’s patrons throughout the U.S.  During my visit, I had the nuggets and they were terrific.  Having a Starbucks in the same facility makes this place “dope”.  There is parking on Farnam for a quick to go order, and plenty of seating if you decide to dine-in instead. Happy Motoring!

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Amato’s Cafe & Catering

March 27th, 2011 No comments

Located at 6405 Center Street is Amato’s Cafe and Catering. Owned and operated by 70 years young, Sammy Amato, Amato’s may be THE best place in the midwest to dine for breakfast. Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives show, Amato’s continues to get accolades from the television shows host, Guy Fieri, as one of his personal favorites. Here is a link to a short clip from the show.  The business at Amato’s is always bustling, and it no wonder.  Sammy makes his sausage fresh daily and it is delicious. But it is more than the menu that makes Amato’s a fun dining experience.  It is the friendly and gregarious owner and his wait staff.  You are made to feel like family. Stop at Amato’s when you are in the midtown area. Tell Sammy that Omaha Driver sent you. Happy Motoring!

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Cantina Laredo

December 4th, 2010 No comments

Located at 120 S. 31st Ave. in Omaha’s Midtown Crossing neighborhood is Cantina Laredo, a gourmet Mexican restaurant that overlooks the Omaha downtown area skyline and fabulous Turner Park. Cantina Laredo is an international chain with locations in 13 states, the United Arab Emirates and the U.K. Without a doubt, Cantina Laredo is Omaha’s premier fine dining experience for Mexican food. My wife and I think the food is among the most spicy hot; and we love it. The wait staff is attentive, and the chips, salsa and refreshments are never allowed to run out.  We like the Enchilada Veracruz entree from their dinner menu. On our very first visit to Cantina Lerado, our waiter recommended a flavored margarita to a member of our group.  When they didn’t care for the taste, the waiter replaced it free of charge.  It is clear that Cantina Laredo is interested in a great dining experience for each customer and they’ve won our family’s business. Give it a try and Happy Motoring!

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Delice European Bakery & Cafe

September 30th, 2010 No comments

Located at 32nd and Farnam Street in Omaha, at Midtown Crossing, is Delice European Bakery and Cafe.  Delice serves an assortment of pastries, as well as brunch, lunch and dinner menu items. The cafe is a casual and fun place to relax with friends, and possesses extensive outdoor seating.  Read the newspaper and sample their large assortment of flavored coffees. Or, enjoy a cookie, croissant, or torte cake.  The mocha torte and the opera desserts are very good; but, the almond croissant really releases the food enjoyment endorphins IMO. The coffee is also noteworthy – always fresh-brewed to my liking.  We sampled the quiche selection for breakfast one morning and found them to be excellent.  Give Delice a try and enjoy a stroll through the midtown redevelopment.  You will be very impressed by the entertainment options available in the rapidly growing community. Happy Motoring!

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Parliament Pub Midtown

August 29th, 2010 No comments

Located at 120 S. 31st Street, at Midtown Crossing, is Parliament Pub. An English inspired bar with a rock-n-roll theme, Parliament Pub is spacious and relaxed place to lounge and kick-back after a long day or week. Parliament has a large selection of specialty cocktails, beers and wines. It also has an outdoor patio with one of the best views of Turner Park and the downtown Omaha skyline. Sheltered from the Dodge Street and Farnam Street traffic by the Midtown Crossing building designs, Parliament has a casual, enjoyable pace that is hard to find in the heart of the city. Sit on the patio in the evening and watch children play in Turner Park as the sun slips behind the buildings to the West and the beautiful midtown lights flicker on; it’s enchanting. Happy Motoring!

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Ingredient Restaurant

July 8th, 2010 No comments

Located at 3201 Farnam Street is Ingredient Restaurant, a recent addition to Midtown Crossing‘s growing list of business tenants. Ingredient serves gourmet pizzas, hot off the grill sandwiches, various wraps and soups.  Alternatively, customers can “create their own” salad or pizza. Guests simply complete an order card identifying their desired ingredients, and place their order.  Ingredient has several house salad dressings from which to choose.  I selected the raspberry basil vinaigrette for my salad creation. All of the toppings were fresh and the portion sizes generous. Salads are served with warm artisan bread rolls – delicious. Ingredient’s service was prompt in spite of a steady stream of lunch time visitors. In my opinion, Ingredient is going to be a stellar performer in the Omaha market. I’ll try the pizza on my next visit, but am happy to report that I now have a “favorite” salad stop in the city. Visit Ingredient on a Thursday evening before attending a Jazz on the Green concert at midtown. Happy Motoring!

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