Meal Notes: Farnam House Brewing Co. Ends Food Service | Omaha dinners

The owners of Farnam House Brewing Company in the Blackstone district announced this week that they will soon stop serving food.

Its last day as a full-service restaurant will be September 3. It is known for its burgers, beer cheese soup and homemade pretzels.

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“We will remain open as a taproom and bar but can no longer maintain our restaurant due to the many difficulties we and our peers are facing in this difficult environment,” they said on Farnam House’s Facebook page. “We have lots of great draft beers and craft cocktails.”

Chef Taylor Rothanzl plans to offer his popular dishes and specialties this week so that guests can enjoy a last meal at the restaurant.

And another announcement is coming.

“Stay tuned for exciting news coming out of the brewery soon,” they said on Facebook.

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Bad news, NFL fans: Cunningham’s is now closed on Sundays For 11 years, Cunningham’s Pub and Grill has been open on Sundays to show National Football League games for patrons.

This fall, their screens will be turned off and the restaurant will be closed on Sundays, starting now.

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The owners announced “with a heavy heart” on Facebook that the cost of DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket had become prohibitive. They also mentioned a lack of staff. They said the shutdown would last through the fall and winter.

“From rooting for your favorite team and tearing others up for theirs, to cheering and wincing at your fantastic team performance, we loved every minute of it,” they wrote.

The restaurant will remain open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Go to La Festa Italiana for the food, stay for the fun

The 38th annual La Festa Italiana will take place on Friday, Saturday and September 4 at Il Palazzo, near 132nd and Fort streets.

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Organized by the American Italian Heritage Society, La Festa Italiana is the celebration of Italian culture, gastronomy and heritage.


After all that food, you can dance to several bands and play pétanque. If you’re still thinking about food, there are Italian cooking demonstrations.

Admission is $5.50 in advance and $7 at the door. Food products vary from $1 to $7,

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Increased business, understaffing and the size of the kitchen prompted Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub and Grill to stop taking take-out orders by phone four days a week.

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“We pride ourselves on the quality of our food and our prompt service,” said a post on the pub’s Facebook page. “We don’t want to compromise our customer experience.”

The owners hope the move will be temporary.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Saturday; and from noon to midnight on Sundays.