Wood-fired pizza is headed to Midtown Crossing; Village Inn closes in midtown

→ A pizza restaurant that has locations in Minneapolis, Denver and Ames, Iowa is headed to Omaha. Smokin’ Oak will take over the Midtown Crossing space formerly occupied by Della Costa and Brix.

Omaha is listed as “coming soon” on the restaurant’s website. Midtown Crossing’s website reports it will take over the majority of the space at 220 S. 31st Ave.

Smokin’ Oak cooks its pizza and sandwiches in a wood fired oven; among the menu items are thin crust pies in a variety of meat and veggie combinations and sandwiches served in folded pizza dough. The menu also offers a gluten-free crust and a comprehensive food allergen guide on its website. It should be open by this summer.

→ The 44th and Dodge Street location of Village Inn – one home to many after-bar late-night dinners – has closed. It’s the only location in Nebraska to close after the restaurant’s parent company filed for bankruptcy. The restaurant has several other Omaha locations still open for business.

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