New Life for the Fair Deal Cafe

By: John Chapman, Mike Plews Email
By: John Chapman, Mike Plews Email

The Fair Deal Cafe is making a comeback but not as a diner. The North Omaha landmark has stood empty for years but it will be occupied again.

Michael Maroney and his Omaha Economic Development Corporation bought the Fair Deal but had no immediate plans for it's future. Maroney says "Knowing it had a history in the community and felt it really had a place but didn't know what that place was. Now we thing we may have found a place for it".

That's where Brigitte McQueen and the Union for Contemporary Arts comes in. They have a plan for the North Omaha landmark. McQueen says "We would turn it into a gallery where we would invite national level curators to come in and produce exhibitions, In the space we would do lectures about contemporary art to educate the community on the art form all of that while maintaining the look and feel of the old cafe".

That means keeping the lunch counter, stools, the art deco fans and the tin ceiling.

Clean up of the old cafe is already underway.

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