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Biz Buzz: Some new downtown restaurants open in Lincoln
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Biz Buzz: Some new downtown restaurants open in Lincoln


Habibi Kabob & Shawarma opened last week at 230 N. 17th St.

A number of new downtown restaurants have opened or are in the planning stages.

Opening last week was Habibi Kabob & Shawarma at 230 N. 17th St. The restaurant is in the former Samurai Sam's/UNI Curry Bowl spot next door to the U-Stop at 17th and Q streets.

Stur Fast Caribbean and African Grill at 1320 O St. had also planned to open last week but said on its Facebook page that it needed one more week. It now plans a soft opening on Wednesday and a grand opening on Friday.

Stur Fast is owned by Charles Brewer, who opened Stur 22 Lounge & Caribbean-African in Rathbone Village in 2017.

Two other restaurants are still in the development stage, although both have filed liquor license applications.

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One would be a second location for Napoli's, a Grand Island-based Italian restaurant that opened its first Lincoln location last fall at 48th Street and Nebraska 2. The address given is 800 Q St., and it looks like it is going into the space next door to Tipsy Tina's Taco Cantina.

The other restaurant is a Mexican restaurant called Agave Mexican Grill. It will be located at 1631 P St. in the new building that's under construction at the site of the former La Mexicana Market and Restaurant, which was destroyed by a fire in 2015.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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