It was supposed to be a second life for a historic North Omaha restaurant, instead the Fair Deal Cafe's new life has been cut short.
The cafe, situated near 24th and Burdette, has permanently closed its doors after being open just over a year. The restaurant served as the backbone of the Fair Deal Village, which boasts a slew of unique retailers.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, the owner said that the decision came after being unable to reach a deal with the Omaha Economic Development Corporation.
Although JonNielle Allen alluded to leasing issues as a reason to leave, a statement from the OEDC says that isn't the case. “JonNielle Allen, operator of the Fair Deal Cafe, made a management decision to close her business at the Fair Deal Cafe.”
An event hosted by other business owners at the Fair Deal Village will be hosted on Saturday afternoon from 1 PM to 6 PM inside the Fair Deal Cafe space. Food and drinks will be provided.