Skeeter Barnes closing Lincoln location

2013-11-29T10:23:00Z 2013-11-29T21:42:33Z Skeeter Barnes closing Lincoln locationBy MATT OLBERDING / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Skeeter Barnes is closing its location in the Lincoln Trade Center, but one of the owners said the restaurant hopes to find another spot and reopen.

The restaurant's last day is Saturday, which will leave it about three weeks short of its 12-year anniversary.

Glyn Lacy, one of the owners of the steak and barbecue chain that also has restaurants in Kearney and Columbus, said it hopes to find another spot in Lincoln.

"It's ongoing. We just need to find a place and go from there," Lacy said.

In the meantime, Skeeter Barnes will continue to do catering in Lincoln, which Lacy said is a pretty lucrative business.

Skeeter Barnes survived the recession and the opening of the very popular Texas Roadhouse chain just up the street. What did it in, however, was the building owner's desire to do something else with the property.

Rick Krueger, who owns Krueger Development, could not be reached for comment Friday.

According to documents filed with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department last month, Krueger plans to tear down the 8,000-square-foot restaurant at 58th Street and Old Cheney Road, which was built in 1991, and replace it with a smaller 3,300-square-foot restaurant with a drive-through.

Lacy said there were no hard feelings and he understood Krueger's desire to redevelop the site with something he feels can generate more income.

"Rick's been fabulous to work with," Lacy said. "I have nothing but admiration and respect for him."

As for the last day at Skeeter Barnes, Lacy said there was nothing special planned.

"It will be business as usual," he said.

Reach Matt Olberding at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

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