New Benson pizza shop opens in December -
Published Friday, November 23, 2012 at 1:00 am / Updated at 9:12 am
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New Benson pizza shop opens in December

New Benson pizza shop opens in December

Baxter, the new by-the-slice pizza shop in Benson, opens Dec. 3.

Owners Brad and Johanna Marr, who also run Lot 2, said the restaurant will also serve sandwiches.

Baxter will be open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Sunday from 5-10 p.m.

The shop is at 6113 Maple St. and the phone number is 402-614-0870.

Le Quartier Bakery Dundee location now open

Le Quartier Bakery's new Dundee location is open. The bakery is in the location formerly occupied by the Bread Oven, at 5026 Underwood Ave.

The phone number is 402-933-3595. The bakery has a second location in Countryside Village at 87th and Pacific Streets.

Lucky Bucket Brewing Company is now selling handcrafted Chava Rum.

The rum, which the brewery barrel aged in charred oak barrels for more than a year, is made from molasses and sugar cane and has notes of vanilla and honey.

The rum is for sale at the brewery for $35 a bottle and will not be sold in retail stores. The tasting room is in La Vista at 11941 Centennial Road. For more information, call 402-763-8868.

Dolce Cafe has a new chef.

Benjamin Maides comes to Omaha after working for two years at the Hotel Fanes in San Cassiano, Alta Badia, Italy. He also spent a number of years working at Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, Calif. He is making homemade pastas and braised meats for the restaurants' menu.

Dolce is also having a wine dinner on Dec. 3 to introduce Maides to Omaha. There are still openings for the dinner, which is $75 per person before tax or tip, and reservations are required. The restaurant is at 12317 West Maple Road. Call 402-964-2212 for more information.

McKenna's Booze Blues and BBQ has a new owner.

Omaha native Vito Vaccaro bought the restaurant. He said no big changes are planned and the locally-owned restaurant will continue to serve the same smoked meats. The restaurant is at 7425 Pacific St.

Free soup and bread at The Tea Smith

Those who want to escape the madness of Black Friday and do something for those in need at the same time, take note: The Tea Smith is serving free soup and bread from Great Harvest Bread today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop is also collecting donations to give to the Siena Francis House, though a donation is not required.

The event takes place at both Tea Smith locations: 78th and Dodge Streets in Tower Plaza and 1118 Howard St. in the Old Market.

For more information, call 402-393-7070 or visit

Dante Ristorante celebrates 3-year anniversary

Dante Ristorante Pizzeria is celebrating its third anniversary with a classic Italian family-style dinner and wine tasting on Monday.

Chef Nick Strawhecker said the meal will include three courses starting with a Steamship Round, which is a whole leg of beef. He's also planning to cook timpáno, a dish served in the classic food film “Big Night” that is a pasta dish in pastry.

The dinner is $65 per person without tax or tip and reservations are required, as is a $32 deposit per person. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 402-932-3078 or email

Gingerbread House Contest

Licorice International's third annual “Gingerbread House Contest with a Twist” begins Dec. 3. The twist is that the houses have to be just as much about licorice as they do gingerbread.

All entrants will get a gift for participating, and the houses will be on display at the shop, in downtown Lincoln, during a special open house from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7. Winners will be announced Dec. 21.

For a full list of rules and more information, call 402-488-2230. The shop is located at 803 Q. St.

— Staff writer Sarah Baker Hansen

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