Something New Brewing in Nebraska

Dunkin’ Donuts announced it is recruiting franchisees for Lincoln and Omaha as well these markets: Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado; Houston and Waco, Texas; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The company expects restaurants in these markets will begin opening in early 2013.   

Hilton Garden Inn under New Management

Through an agreement with Apple Real Estate Investment Trust, White Lodging has assumed the management contract of the Hilton Garden Inn downtown.  This marks White Lodging’s first foray into the Nebraska market and brings the number of properties in the company’s portfolio to 156. The Hilton Garden Inn is a 178-room hotel that also houses Spencer’s Steak and Chophouse. White Lodging Services Corporation was established in 1985 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana. White Lodging is a fully integrated hotel ownership, development, and operations company.

Comfort Food Classic

The Fifth annual Comfort Food Classic, a chef competition to benefit Ted E. Bear Hollow, will be Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Chefs will compete for the best gourmet lasagna. You’ll get to taste and vote for your favorite and bid on silent and live auction items. First time participating chefs are Clayton Chapman, The Grey Plume; Matt Hallberg of V.Mertz; Bobby Mekiney of Vivace and M’s Pub; Chef Cruz & Chef Shaft of the Old Mattress Factory; Patricia “Big Mama” Barron of Big Mama’s Kitchen & Catering. Paul Urban, the inaugural Comfort Food Classic winner from 2007, will team with fellow New York Chicken & Gyros chef and 2009 Comfort Food Classic winner, Jessica Joyce. The Comfort Food Classic will be at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center, formerly CoCo Key Convention Center, off 72nd and Grover. Tickets are $75, visit for more information.

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