Lincoln’s Fine Dining Scene Takes a Hit

September 22, 2008 at 1:15pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I can hardly believe that one of Lincoln’s best dining establishments—Old Country Buffet—has closed its doors after 20 years on O Street. The perennial top-3 finisher in KFOR’s “Best of Lincoln” survey will be missed.

OK, fine, I admit I’m not actually shedding any tears over this one. But come on, Old Country Buffet was pretty darn popular with the crowd it served. Back in the restaurant’s early days that included my extended family. We were among the hundreds of people who lined up each weekend for Sunday brunch, and we were happy to do so. But now that I think about it, I’m not sure that I’ve been to OCB in ten years. I hear it’s still pretty much the same. And if their clientele demographics are the same today as they were twenty years ago, that’s exactly how they want it.

The restaurant got the boot when its lease was not renewed, so it’s possible it will reemerge elsewhere.

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beerorkid September 22, 2008 at 2:09pm


We hit it for fun a couple years back during a husker game.  Not much had changed.  Maybe the KFC buffet on 9th and south doomed them wink

Gene September 22, 2008 at 2:38pm

So it looks like my dad has absolutely no reason to come to Lincoln now. wink

Moses September 22, 2008 at 7:49pm

I have a boss who loves to have lunch there.  Guess that means Golden Corral and USA Steak Buffet will be too crowded and we will have to find somewhere else for the next board meeting.

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