Greta's Gourmet

Kevin Mandigo of Greta's Gourmet fulfills a catering order for the Lied Center in 2015. Mandigo closed Greta's on Jan. 8, citing slow business and personal reasons.

FRANCIS GARDLER/Journal Star file photo

Lincoln caterer Greta’s Gourmet has closed after nearly eight years. Its last day was Monday.

“There’s not a lot to say,” owner Kevin Mandigo said. “The decision was based on business trends and personal reasons. We needed to close the business.”

Mandigo, 44, became an assistant store manager at Home Depot in October. His plan was to work both jobs.

“But (Greta’s) had run its course,” he said. “At this point, it’s time to move on to a different career.”

Mandigo started Greta’s, named for his now 8-year-old daughter, in April 2010. He opened a storefront, which included a deli and butcher shop, at 5560 S. 48th St. in January 2011. He closed the deli and butcher shop in November 2015 to focus solely on catering.

Greta’s was a three-time winner of the Journal Star’s Lincoln Choice Awards for catering (2014-16).

Greta’s lease is paid through the end of the month. Mandigo will hold an auction at 1 p.m. Jan. 29.

Closing Greta’s ends 28 years in food service for Mandigo, whose first job was making sandwiches at age 16 at Schlotsky’s. He also worked at House of Hunan, Garden Cafe, Famous Dave’s and Granite City. He said he’s ready for his new challenge.

“The move (to Home Depot) is the best thing I’ve done since opening Greta’s,” he said. “I love it.”

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Jeff Korbelik is the features editor and covers dining, performing arts, TV and local media. Follow him at @LJSjeffkorbelik.

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