Three Happiness closes after a Wednesday morning fire, goodbye Saigon Bowl, new Indian in Blackstone and new Korean-poke in Aksarben

→ Many midtowners shed a tear for the popular Americanized Chinese takeout spot, Three Happiness Express, after it caught on fire early Wednesday morning. The Omaha Fire Department tweeted about the fire, near 51st and Leavenworth Streets, around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Shortly after the fire was out, the restaurant posted on its Facebook page that it would be closed until further notice because of the fire. The owner, who said he was on site when it started, is fine.

More than 500 Omahans commented on the Facebook post; most sending positive thoughts and hoping for the restaurant to reopen soon.

→ There’s a new Indian spot taking over the old Indian Bowl in the Blackstone District. DarBar Indian Cuisine is now open at 3901 Farnam St. The restaurant’s menu looks to be broader, with more choices than the previous fast-casual style spot. DarBar’s owners also run Maharani Indian Kitchen, inside the Inner Rail Food Hall, and previously owned Kurry Xpress and Maharaja Indian.

→ You can. now get a poke bowl in Aksarben. Mahalo Poke opened a few days ago at 6920 Pacific St. Its website describes the food as “poke with Korean influences,” and is locally owned. The menu includes a lot of the expected poke bowl options, and a few unexpected ones: a spicy pork bulgogi bowl and a bibimbap bowl among them.

→ Aksarben’s Saigon Bowl has closed. The fast-casual Vietnamese spot is owned by the same family that owns Saigon, off West Center, and downtown’s Saigon Surface. A Facebook post said Saigon Bowl plans to look for a new location in the future.

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