A longtime Omaha restaurant is now up for sale.
McFoster's Natural Kind Cafe at 38th and Farnam is behind $15,000 in property taxes. The restaurant will either have to raise it by the end of the month or a new owner will take over.
Tom Foster has owned the cafe for 18 years, which is a go to restaurant for many vegetarians and vegans in Omaha. They serve organic produce as well as free-range chicken and fresh seafood.
Foster says he’s sad that he'll have to sell the place.
“It's like breaking up with your girlfriend. We love this place and we don't want to lose it.”
Steve Tortensen has come once a week with his six year old daughter since she was born for father-daughter time and was shocked to hear the news.
“I honestly don't know where we'd go. There's no place in Omaha we could go that you'll find this experience.”
Foster says there are several ideas to save the café, including selling gift certificates to raise money. One option not on the table was raising the price of food.
“We don't want this to be an elitist venue that's only affordable by the affluent,” says Foster.
“We want regular people to be able to come here and enjoy a reasonably priced meal.”
Foster is hoping that if he can't raise the money, he can sell the cafe to a buyer who will keep it a natural food's restaurant.
Bob Wilson has been a regular since at McFoster’s since it opened and hopes it stays in place.
“There's an atmosphere here, there's a character to this place,” says Wilson.
“I’m sure you can get health food other places, but this place is special, I’d be sad to see it go.”
Customers are already working to raise the money needed to keep the doors open.
On Thursday, they raised $1,000 in three hours. Customers are also talking about starting a membership, where you buy it for $150 and then get a discount when you come into eat.