An Omaha landmark closed years ago, but the memories never died. Now there's a move to bring the old Mr. C's restaurant back to life. There are also plans in the works to take the vacant property in a different direction.
The good times are not forgotten. “We just want to bring that nostalgia back,” says Christine Carter, who along with Kristy Page say their dream of buying Mr. C’s is not pie in the sky, but diamonds. “A diamond mine right here with diamonds falling down,” says Page.
The women have contacted investment groups and plan fundraising. The old Mr. C’s at 30th and Fort is a diamond that's gotten rough and will take a lot of money to restore, so the Caniglia family is considering another plan that's been put on the table.
David Caniglia tells Fact Finders that he's already signed a purchase agreement with a developer. “Their plans are to demo that building and these people have the resources to do it very quickly.”
That tears down the women’s plan to buy and restore the restaurant. “I hope they reconsider and give the neighborhood an opportunity that we can stand at our best,” says Page.
Though respecting the women's vision, Caniglia says the sale to a developer is on the front burner. “I have great confidence in the people who are buying this. It’s a young man who has a development company. He's a visionary and I think he will do good for the neighborhood."
Like many in the community, Kristy and Christine will wonder what the Mr. C’s property will become if now they've lost out on what it could have been.
Caniglia tells Fact Finders sale of the old Mr. C's building and land should close within a week. He could not reveal the developer's plans for the property or how soon the old restaurant will be torn down.