The new midtown food hall has a name, the end of the road for Ahmad’s (for now) and downtown has a new Green Room

→ There’s a new cocktail spot on 16th Street. The Green Room, at 306 S. 16th St., specializes in “upscale cocktails at dive bar prices.” It’s on the first floor of the Farnam 1600 building on the southeast corner.

The Switch, the new food hall coming to the Blackstone District, announced its official name this week, but no word on the seven restaurant concepts just yet, but we do know this: Infusion Brewing Company will run a central bar in the hall.

The developers say they’re hoping to draw local chefs into the space to compliment what’s already in the neighborhood. One bay will be dedicated to short-term lease or pop-up restaurant concepts.

The hall will be on the ground floor of the six-story Blackstone Corner Building, at 3618 Farnam Street. Greenslate Development, who redeveloped much of the neighborhood, also owns the hall.

The name is a nod to the switches the old streetcars that once ran in the neighborhood used to change routes.

The Switch will be the third food hall in Omaha. It joins Flagship Commons, inside the Westroads Mall, and the Inner Rail Food Hall in Aksarben Village.

Ahmad’s Persian Cuisine plans to close its Old Market location – but the owner says he’s in the market for a new spot. The restaurant will close at the end of January. Owner Ahmad Nazar hasn’t yet said where he hopes to move but is looking further west, he told the World-Herald; for now, he’s still cooking at 1006 Howard St.

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