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King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby the1wags » Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:21 pm

From the Omaha World Herald...
"A company that lists Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne as a member has purchased the three-story downtown building that once housed Borsheims jewelry store and has housed the King Fong Cafe since 1920."

"Mike Moylan, who represented Third Eye Industries in the transaction, declined to disclose the partners. He said they intend to keep the tenants — King Fong and Sweets of Eden — and want to preserve the history of the building."

"Their intention is to keep the building exactly the way it is," Moylan said."

Link to the full Omaha W-H article.

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden building sold.

Postby Coyote » Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:12 pm

King Fongs is about to undergo major renovations. Anyone know what is going on here?
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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden building sold.

Postby skinzfan23 » Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:56 am

Hopefully they don't ruin any of the historic charm the building and its furnishings provide. Maybe a menu upgrade would be nice though.

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden building sold.

Postby ShawJ » Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:58 am

I thought I remembered hearing a while back they were going to do a restoration on it, by Alley Poyner maybe? Maybe I imagined that.

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden building sold.

Postby Coyote » Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:54 am

ShawJ wrote:I thought I remembered hearing a while back they were going to do a restoration on it, by Alley Poyner maybe? Maybe I imagined that.


I thought I heard the same, but back after Payne bought the building and didn't know if that ever happened as I haven't been in there for years. But now that 16th is getting a facelift, Limelight is almost open with a restaurant announcement coming soon, I was wondering if this was a new or older project.
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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden building sold.

Postby SaveOmaha » Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:20 am

Just called the restaurant. The employee I spoke to confirmed that there was going to be a renovation, but didn't know any of the details. They're definitely not going out of business though.

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden building sold.

Postby skinzfan23 » Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:24 am

SaveOmaha wrote:They're definitely not going out of business though.

Glad to hear that. This is one of the longest continually run restaurants in Omaha.

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden building sold.

Postby Coyote » Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:29 am

Oh, I never wanted to imply that King Fongs was closing, just that over $300K was going into the building.
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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden building sold.

Postby SaveOmaha » Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:41 am

Coyote wrote:Oh, I never wanted to imply that King Fongs was closing, just that over $300K was going into the building.


Gotcha... miscommunication. That's great though, such a neat building. Where did the reno news come from? Maybe I'm just out of the loop.

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby ItsAllAboutMe » Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:20 am

Lund-Ross is on site today, renovation beginning. I don't know the scope of the project but I'm excited about the possibilities

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby skinzfan23 » Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:10 am

King Fong Cafe, Omaha’s oldest restaurant, closed until June

King Fong Cafe, Omaha’s oldest restaurant, is temporarily closed.
The greeting on the restaurant’s answering machine says the downtown spot will reopen for business in June.


Here is a picture of the restaurant from 1926.
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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby Imissomaha » Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:35 am

I remember eating in King Fongs on Sundays 45 years ago. Still glad to see it's not closing. Many great memories. First place I ever used chop sticks.

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby daveoma » Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:21 pm

This is an Omaha gem. I hope it reopens bigger and more beautiful!

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby loess hill lusting » Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:43 am

Does anyone know what the status is on King Fong?

Their Yelp page had had a warning stating they were closed till July 11th, which as of the 12th is no longer up there. However, I keep calling to see if they've reopened and I keep getting forwarded to a prerecorded message that they are closed for renovations.

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby omaha79 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:52 am

Did King Fong's ever reopen?

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby justnick » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:18 pm

omaha79 wrote:Did King Fong's ever reopen?


not yet

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby nativeomahan » Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:03 pm

The sign in the door several months back said it would be open by June. Hmmmmm...

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:59 pm

Hopefully they do reopen at some point.

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby omaha79 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:34 pm

hmmmmm....3 months overdue. Makes me wonder if they will ever reopen? There seem to be no public updates on this. Maybe they are just done?

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby daveoma » Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:59 pm

omaha79 wrote:hmmmmm....3 months overdue. Makes me wonder if they will ever reopen? There seem to be no public updates on this. Maybe they are just done?

Please say it's not so. They are an institution :(

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Postby Professor Woland » Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:55 pm

It could also be that Alexander Payne wants it to be a top quality establishment when it reopens. Maybe they are waiting on a chef or arranging new suppliers and a new menu or something. I don't know anything about the restaurant business, but I assume there could be dozens of explanations for the delay that have nothing to do with the place closing permanently.

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby choke » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:29 am

Professor Woland wrote:It could also be that Alexander Payne wants it to be a top quality establishment when it reopens. Maybe they are waiting on a chef or arranging new suppliers and a new menu or something. I don't know anything about the restaurant business, but I assume there could be dozens of explanations for the delay that have nothing to do with the place closing permanently.



When it's been closed for this long, it doesn't look good. Recently, Harrington's (Village Point) and the Dundee Theater did the same thing and both met the same fate.

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby Mellowmartin » Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:40 pm

Curious to hear when this opens. Very interesting history in that building.

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby Brad » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:46 am

Story in today’s paper:

Alexander Payne is moving home to Omaha, where part of his latest film, ‘Downsizing,’ is set

http://www.omaha.com/living/alexander-p ... 7f85a.html

Says he is going to work on King Fong.
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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby choke » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:48 am

Per Micah Mertes / World-Herald staff writer:

Alexander Payne is moving home to Omaha, where part of his latest film, ‘Downsizing,’ is set

http://www.omaha.com/living/alexander-payne-is-moving-home-to-omaha-where-part-of/article_a5751f92-1f3b-590b-83d0-3703a0c7f85a.html

And it’s true I do own the building where King Fong used to be housed. And I’ll keep it vague, but my interest in buying the building was to make sure that Omaha has a King Fong restaurant in some form for the next 1,000 years.

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby Coyote » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:51 am

Payne has owned that building for 10 years now. Built in 1880. Condition listed as "worn out"

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby Louie » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:35 am

Coyote wrote:Payne has owned that building for 10 years now. Built in 1880. Condition listed as "worn out"

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Is that a legit condition listing?

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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby GetUrban » Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:32 pm

Louie wrote:
Coyote wrote:Payne has owned that building for 10 years now. Built in 1880. Condition listed as "worn out"

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Is that a legit condition listing?


If so, to keep it alive, he won't have much choice but to re-create what has been there for so long...
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Re: King Fong and Sweets of Eden Building.

Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:40 pm

Can't wait to see King Fong reopen.


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