La Despedida, Espana Says Farewell

For 13 years, Espana has served Benson signature sangrias, paella, and a bit of beautiful Spanish culture with love and a musical side dish. Owner Carlos Mendez is preparing to say goodbye to the tapas bar and restaurant, but will maintain Little Espana in Rockbrook. Mendez is hopeful that his cultured clientele will stick around to sample his upcoming venture with Chef Ben Maides, Au Courant, due to open in the fall. The last day for Espana will be Saturday October 1.

Espana in Benson, Closing

Last day October 1  

Au Courant Regional Kitchen Pop Up

If you’re familiar with the work of Chef Ben Maides, you’ve been excited for his upcoming venture with Espana owner Carlos Mendez, Au Courant Regional Kitchen, due to open late fall. The New-European destination will take the place of the beloved Espana Tapas Bar and Restaurant. The Chef has decided to offer a sneak bon-appetite at a pop-up next week at Block 16. The sample menu includes short rib ravioli stroganoff, pan seared trout squash risotto and tomato jam, and roasted chicken sausage stuffed thigh with sauerkraut puree. Seating is first come first served and the event runs from 4pm-9pm Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Au Courant Pop Up

Monday September 19 and Tuesday September 20 from 4pm-9pm

Omaha Restaurant Week Begins Friday  

With more than 60 restaurants participating, helping out an amazing cause has never been easier! Make your reservations now to dine out for Food Bank for the Heartland from September 16 to September 25. Cost is $20, $30, $40, or $50 for a 3 course menu. Reservations can be made by calling the participating  restaurant of your choice, or visiting their profile page at You are invited to dine out at as many ORW participants as you like during this week, experiencing much of Omaha’s rich culinary culture for a cause.

Omaha Restaurant Week

September 16-25

Rockbrook Village Announces New Tenants

Rockbrook Village is alive and well, and the list of new tenants includes a brand new Italian goods shop. Maresco’s Fine Italian Market will feature a deli counter, hot entrees, daily specials, sandwiches, soups, salads, and an array of imported Italian condiments and accoutrements. Owner Ethel Merriman will offer pasta making classes and an assortment of items not currently available in Omaha. Merriman plans to open her shop in November.

Maresco’s Fine Italian Market

Opening at 2821 s 108th street in November.  

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