Dispatch:OMAHA Only a few Zesto ice cream vendors remain in the United States and Nebraska is lucky to have a handful, including one in downtown Omaha. This isn’t its original location, however. Locals may look fondly at the vacant but familiar old drive-in spot on 13th Street near the entrance to the Henry Doorly Zoo.
Dispatch:OMAHA Shizuoka, Japan became Omaha’s first sister city in 1965. According to the Omaha Sister Cities Association, it was “leading Omaha businessmen who saw the importance of establishing international connections and cultural education for Omaha and its citizens.”
This lantern, located on the Courthouse Plaza at Farnam and 18th streets, was presented to the city in 1975. The Dispatch is currently waiting for a translation of the Japanese characters inscribed on one of the lantern’s legs.
Omaha’s sister cities currently also include Braunschweig, Germany; Siauliai, Lithuania; Naas, Ireland; Xalapa, Mexico; Yantai, China
Dispatch:OMAHA Participants in the American Solar Challenge take over a downtown parking lot.
College teams, including Iowa State’s PriSUm Solar Car Team, have designed and built their own cars for a cross-country race beginning in Austin, Texas on Monday, July 21, 2014. Participants are expected to arrive at the finish line in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday, July 28.
Check in on where the racers are and when they’ll reach Omaha on ASC’s website.
Dispatch:OMAHA Enlarged Prohibition-era headlines decorate the walls of Grane, Midtown’s newest bar. Featuring primarily whiskey—including serve-yourself sample dispensers—Grane also offers a large selection of ingredients for classic and craft cocktails.
Dispatch:OMAHA There has been an influx of new, modern developments in Omaha’s downtown, but a few pockets of neglect remain. This series of buildings can be found near the corner of California and North 16th Streets.
Dispatch:OMAHA Bronze horses eternally bear the burden of pulling pioneers through rough terrain in The Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness and Pioneer Courage Park. All of the sculptures in this display, which takes up more than 6 downtown blocks, are one and a quarter life-sized.
Dispatch:OMAHA Visitors to Midtown Crossing cheer for the bright and booming fireworks show in Turner Park on July 3, 2014.
Dispatch:OMAHA Dragons from the Linh Quang Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe look on as proprietors of Thirst Tea open their cafe in Midtown Commons. In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, onlookers had the opportunity to watch a series of ceremonial dances meant to invite good luck upon the cafe.
Thirst Tea specializes in boba tea, milky drinks, green tea, smoothies, and appetizers.
Dispatch:OMAHA Newly opened Mula Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria specializes in Mexican street food. Their tacos are small and inexpensive, but their flavors are as substantial as the welded metal trays they are served on.
Tequila abounds here; even seasoned connoisseurs are likely to find something new. Shots come with a Mexico City-style chaser called sangrita, or “little blood,” a spicy tomato-based palate cleanser.
If tequila isn’t your alcohol of choice, drink in the ambiance. Whoever decorated the place has an impressive sense of style.