Leadbelly Chooses Midtown Crossing for Omaha Location

A long-simmering plan to bring LeadBelly’s brand of flavorful, affordable dining to Midtown Crossing is finally coming to fruition. The Lincoln-born concept – billed as a “Contemporary American Pub” – is taking over the space formerly occupied by Ingredient with an expected February launch date.

“We’re very much a casual-comfortable place where you can come in both with friends as well as family,” says Mike Martin, a co-owner of Red Herring Concepts, the hospitality company that runs LeadBelly.

The restaurant specializes in made-from-scratch, high quality pub food from around the world, including gourmet burgers, tacos, sandwiches and salads with a large selection of hand-crafted beers, whiskeys and wines – all at a “comfortable price point,” Martin says.

In a break from the Lincoln concept, LeadBelly-Midtown Crossing will feature an expanded entrée section that includes wood-fired pizzas and “a lot more steak, seafood and other dinnertime options that we feel might be an opportunity for us in Midtown.”

What will remain unchanged is a restaurant design that conveys comfort.

“We use a lot of reclaimed materials, everything from barn wood floors to reclaimed doors. So it’s going to give that feel of a ‘lived in’ look with just a little bit of a contemporary twist,” Martin says.

Red Herring Concepts began eyeing a Midtown Crossing address years ago. It just had to wait for a location with the right square footage to become available.

“We really feel like we have a concept that complements Midtown. We’re not doing something that someone else is already doing,” Martin says.

Now that the lease is signed, the Red Herring Concepts team, which also includes Tony and Wendy Young, is excited to introduce LeadBelly to an Omaha customer base.

“We’ve always wanted to expand,” Martin says. “Our big goal is to be a regional restaurant company with multiple locations throughout the Midwest.

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