Popular Nebraska restaurant closing down after almost 100 years in business

Kristen Walters

An iconic restaurant in Nebraska that has been in business for nearly 100 years is closing its doors for good.

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Joe Tess Place, a once-popular restaurant located at 5424 S. 24th Street in Omaha, is shutting down this month.

The restaurant, known for its fresh fish and fried entrees, has been around since the 1930s and has been a favorite of metro area residents for generations.

According to reports, Joe Tess, the restaurant's owner, declined to comment on the specific reasons for the closure. However, the dining room has been closed since the pandemic began, likely contributing to the decision to close the restaurant permanently.

In recent months, the restaurant industry has been hit hard by a perfect storm of pandemic-related shutdowns, inflation, and supply chain issues. These factors have forced many restaurants to close their doors for good.

The resulting loss of revenue has made it difficult for restaurants to stay afloat. In addition, the pandemic has led to a sharp increase in food prices, as supply chains have been disrupted and demand has soared. This has put an even more significant strain on restaurants struggling to keep up with rising costs.

Additionally, a specific date has not been given for the closure. However, an employee of the restaurant told local reporters that they would stay open to use up their remaining food inventory. But once supplies run out, they don't plan on ordering more, and the doors will close for good.

This is a massive loss for the Omaha community. Not many restaurants can say they've been around for as long as Joe Tess Place.

It's truly the end of an era.

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