Marz Bar is back -- name and all.
Owner Nader Sepahpur reopened the downtown club at 1140 O St. at the end of last month, after shutting it down for two months to remodel.
When he reopened he brought back the name -- Marz Bar -- after the place temporarily went by White Rabbit.
“We’re out of the rabbit hole,” Sepahpur said. “That’s what I like to say.”
It’s been quite a transformation.
As regulars know, Sepahpur started work in the kitchen more than two years ago, discontinuing food service to start the renovation. He kept the bar open during that process. Once the kitchen was done, Sepahpur began working on the commons area, closing Marz down in August and September to do the bulk of the work.
The most notable differences include pulling more of the colorful orb lights out of storage and grouping them with the existing orbs in the center of the bar to create a cool constellation of sorts.
Sepahpur also refigured the long bar that runs along the east wall, moving it closer to the entrance, which opened up the back area, where the pool tables are. He then “curved” the bar near the entrance to match the “curves” of the upstairs seating area.
Finally, he repositioned the curved booths in the seating area opposite the bar.
As for food, he’s retaining the gourmet food truck concept he introduced early last summer, with local chefs operating “pop-up kitchens” out of Marz’s kitchen on the weekends.
“I’m featuring local aspiring talent for a weekend or a month or a season to serve creative tasty dishes without fuss at lower price points,” he said.
Most recently, Marz has featured chef Kyle Lamb, who has served his unique takes on burgers and tacos. Lamb’s resume includes stints as executive chef at The Lodge at Wilderness Ridge and Omaha’s V. Mertz, which he left at the end of September to pursue other opportunities.
“I hope to drive interest to other chefs to feature their talents on the other nights of the week as well,” Sepahpur said.
Dickey’s move to Gateway
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit leaving downtown for the Gateway Mall isn’t surprising. Lunch was good, but the dinner crowd was next to nothing, owner Will Carter said of the downtown location. I’ve often heard that from other downtown fast casual eateries. At the mall, Dickey’s will have built-in traffic throughout the day.
Jeff’s Top Five
Sandwiches are up next. I’ll soon list my five favorite places in Lincoln and invite you to vote for your favorite sandwich shops, beginning Friday at JournalStar.com/entertainment/dining. With so many places that specialize in sandwiches, I’ll be curious to see which one comes out on top.