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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby choke » Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:39 pm

Coyote wrote:The Market House is beginning to renovate.


That's good news. I had heard he was originally going to take the spot in Dundee that J Coco took. It must have been too much to handle after the fire.

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Postby nativeomahan » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:24 pm

Walked by the M's Pub building tonight, and noticed that the exterior is close to 100% restored. There were even lights on in he building.

At long last, walking past these buildings is no longer making me sick to my stomach.

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Postby skinzfan23 » Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:08 am

nativeomahan wrote:Walked by the M's Pub building tonight, and noticed that the exterior is close to 100% restored. There were even lights on in he building.

At long last, walking past these buildings is no longer making me sick to my stomach.

Glad to hear they are making progress. I still miss getting to walk past it everyday when I worked downtown.

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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby Brad » Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:55 am

nativeomahan wrote:Walked by the M's Pub building tonight, and noticed that the exterior is close to 100% restored. There were even lights on in he building.

At long last, walking past these buildings is no longer making me sick to my stomach.


Its amazing that 11 months ago, the building was considered by most a total loss. Now its looking great and way further than I ever expected!
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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:19 am

M's Pub co-owner plans to re-create restaurant at same location, but name might change

A restaurant with the classic style and familiar menu of M’s Pub, the Old Market spot destroyed by a fire last January, will return to the same location, possibly as soon as June.

Nonetheless, Mellen said, she plans to re-create the space’s interior down to its green marble bar, mirrored walls and arched doorways.

Samuelson declined to comment Tuesday, but he acknowledged that the longtime partners have not yet settled on whether Mellen can use the iconic name.

Mellen said that as soon as the first-floor windows are installed, the fences will come down at 11th and Howard Streets and work can begin on the inside.

The main difference in the reconstructed space will be a one-story addition on the north side of the building that will allow the restrooms to be on the first floor instead of in the basement, a code requirement. That addition will also house an expansion for bakery and kitchen areas that used to be in the basement. Staff will enter the new space through an arched doorway on the north wall.


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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby Brad » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:14 am

Not sure I how I feel about the "One story addition". Hope it looks better than what I have pictured in my mind. Too bad its not a 4 story addition to match what was there 80 years ago...
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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby iamjacobm » Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:19 pm

Awesome news! Can't wait for the barriers to be taken down and the Old Market gets back to Normal.

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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby Louie » Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:33 pm

Brad wrote:Not sure I how I feel about the "One story addition". Hope it looks better than what I have pictured in my mind. Too bad its not a 4 story addition to match what was there 80 years ago...

It used to be 8?

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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

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Louie wrote:
Brad wrote:Not sure I how I feel about the "One story addition". Hope it looks better than what I have pictured in my mind. Too bad its not a 4 story addition to match what was there 80 years ago...

It used to be 8?

I think he meant a 4 story addition adjacent to the north. That's what used to be there.
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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby GetUrban » Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:38 pm

NeonMartiniGlass wrote:
Louie wrote:
Brad wrote:Not sure I how I feel about the "One story addition". Hope it looks better than what I have pictured in my mind. Too bad its not a 4 story addition to match what was there 80 years ago...

It used to be 8?

I think he meant a 4 story addition adjacent to the north. That's what used to be there.

Here's the picture as it used to be before the 1940's fire when they lost the north half...
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I have to commend the architect/engineering/contractor team (BVH, WJE, TD2, Lund-Ross) that restored the building back to it's pre-recent fire form, and the Mercers for wanting it done right. They're doing a great job! Glad to hear that the restoration includes fire sprinklers and HC accessible restrooms too.
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Postby Coyote » Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:56 pm

Permit just filed for a $2M renovation of the 420 Building and its 12 loft apartments.
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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby Brad » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:46 pm

MUD failed to properly mark pipeline in M's Pub blaze, State Fire Marshal says

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/mud-fai ... 7fd76.html

Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The Nebraska Fire Marshal's investigation into the M's Pub fire has concluded that the Metropolitan Utilities District failed to properly mark the pipeline that a contractor ruptured, leading to the Old Market conflagration.


Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The report also concluded that MUD's mapping system was inadequate and contributed to the utility's "inability to readily identify and promptly respond" to the fire.
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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby MadMartin8 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:30 am

Brad wrote:MUD failed to properly mark pipeline in M's Pub blaze, State Fire Marshal says

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/mud-fai ... 7fd76.html

Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The Nebraska Fire Marshal's investigation into the M's Pub fire has concluded that the Metropolitan Utilities District failed to properly mark the pipeline that a contractor ruptured, leading to the Old Market conflagration.


Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The report also concluded that MUD's mapping system was inadequate and contributed to the utility's "inability to readily identify and promptly respond" to the fire.



Can't wait for another $40 fee on my bill to allow them to pay for "mapping project".
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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby GetUrban » Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:41 am

MadMartin8 wrote:
Brad wrote:MUD failed to properly mark pipeline in M's Pub blaze, State Fire Marshal says

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/mud-fai ... 7fd76.html

Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The Nebraska Fire Marshal's investigation into the M's Pub fire has concluded that the Metropolitan Utilities District failed to properly mark the pipeline that a contractor ruptured, leading to the Old Market conflagration.


Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The report also concluded that MUD's mapping system was inadequate and contributed to the utility's "inability to readily identify and promptly respond" to the fire.



Can't wait for another $40 fee on my bill to allow them to pay for "mapping project".


It's something they should have been doing and charging you for all along as technology advances. Too bad it takes disasters like this to wake people up. We're very lucky more people haven't been killed as the result of a gas system that can't easily be documented and controlled quickly and safely.
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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby choke » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:15 pm

GetUrban wrote:
MadMartin8 wrote:
Brad wrote:MUD failed to properly mark pipeline in M's Pub blaze, State Fire Marshal says

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/mud-fai ... 7fd76.html

Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The Nebraska Fire Marshal's investigation into the M's Pub fire has concluded that the Metropolitan Utilities District failed to properly mark the pipeline that a contractor ruptured, leading to the Old Market conflagration.


Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The report also concluded that MUD's mapping system was inadequate and contributed to the utility's "inability to readily identify and promptly respond" to the fire.



Can't wait for another $40 fee on my bill to allow them to pay for "mapping project".


It's something they should have been doing and charging you for all along as technology advances. Too bad it takes disasters like this to wake people up. We're very lucky more people haven't been killed as the result of a gas system that can't easily be documented and controlled quickly and safely.


Yep, it would have been less expensive in the long run. Not only will it cost us to redo MUD's mapping, the numerous lawsuits to come for MUD is going to cost us also.

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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby Coyote » Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:15 pm

Ann Mellen just said she hopes that M's Pub will be open by June.
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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby swgiust » Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:01 am

I hope the whole Old Market gets together and does some sort of grand re-opening. I hear that traffic has been way down. Hire a band. Have a parade. Block off the streets and have a festival. Just do something to attract attention.

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Postby NeGoofyfoot » Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:50 pm

swgiust wrote:I hope the whole Old Market gets together and does some sort of grand re-opening. I hear that traffic has been way down. Hire a band. Have a parade. Block off the streets and have a festival. Just do something to attract attention.


I love this Idea! I've always thought the OM should be more of a pedestrian district, like Pearl Street in Boulder but we all know how everyone has to park within 5 feet of the door here in Omaha ...so that would never work!! :roll:

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Postby MTO » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:11 pm

If they're not going to do anything with this chell then get that darn barrier out of the way. It's very uninviting and foreboding I can see why people are not touring the area. Unless there are holes in the sidewalk push that billboard wall against the building.
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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby tpaine » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:31 am

I wish they would build a rooftop bar/restaurant on the top of the M's Pub building. That would be a perfect corner location right in the heart of the Old Market. Think of the views!! :idea:

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Postby Coyote » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:36 am

tpaine wrote:I wish they would build a rooftop bar/restaurant on the top of the M's Pub building. That would be a perfect corner location right in the heart of the Old Market. Think of the views!! :idea:

I doubt the Mercers who live on the top floor think that that would be a good idea.
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Postby GetUrban » Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:51 pm

Coyote wrote:
tpaine wrote:I wish they would build a rooftop bar/restaurant on the top of the M's Pub building. That would be a perfect corner location right in the heart of the Old Market. Think of the views!! :idea:

I doubt the Mercers who live on the top floor think that that would be a good idea.


That would be a better thing to do on a new 4-6 story infill building at the northeast corner of 11th and Harney, to replace that surface parking lot. Then you could provide an elevator and proper exiting, etc. The Mercers deserve their old place back, after all they've done for the Old Market.
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Postby Coyote » Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:48 pm

M’s Pub will reopen by the end of August

M's Pub will be open for business under its original name by the end of August.
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Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:56 am

Its about time...I understand all the litigation that held this up, but it is crazy that it took almost 18 months to rebuild.

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Postby GetUrban » Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:40 am

skinzfan23 wrote:Its about time...I understand all the litigation that held this up, but it is crazy that it took almost 18 months to rebuild.


I usually agree with you on most things, but in this case I don't think it was an unreasonable amount of time do get it done right. They had to wait for it to thaw-out, assess the damage, very carefully remove debris, salvage what they could, re-assess and engineer the repairs, produce bid documents, get city permit approval, bid the work, and give the contractors time to do their work, all while making it look like nothing ever happened. ...plus litigation delays, whatever they were.

Over the life span of a historic building, 18 months is not too long to wait for an excellent restoration.
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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:11 pm

GetUrban wrote:
Over the life span of a historic building, 18 months is not too long to wait for an excellent restoration.

I agree with that!

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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby OmahaFan » Mon May 01, 2017 12:35 pm

Amazing work with matching the surrounding building's and make it look like it was before the fire. It's a Updated 2017 building with the exterior of the building built in the early 1900's! I bet they added more space to it as well! Looks amazing!

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Opening date now set near the beginning of October.
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Postby Louie » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:34 am

I wonder if the pipe is in a bad location for them to do it twice.

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EXCLUSIVE: M's Pub owner promises October return

Josh Spreiter | WOWT wrote:After a devastating fire almost two years ago, a famous restaurant is making its return very soon. The owner of M’s Pub tells 6 News she met with her contractor, and she's certain the restaurant will be open by the end of this month.
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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby nativeomahan » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:10 pm

I believe the latest on M's is that it would re-open about November 1.
The corner is slowly returning to its old glory. Today I saw a vagrant sleeping just west of the intersection, under the large awning by Nouvelle Eve.

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Postby Coyote » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:28 pm

Soft opening yesterday and today.
Official opening on Wednesday.
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Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

Postby Brad » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:06 pm

Went to M's last night and the place was packed. Looked almost exactly the same. The stairs on the south side of the bar are gone, but the left the mirrors on the wall that matched where the stairs were. Without the stairs there are 3 additional tables, one tall bar table and 2 shorter tables. The new restrooms are nice on the main level too. Place looked old, but had that new car (or building) smell to it. Only other changed I noticed right away, they went from 2 beer taps to 8 beer taps. Had 4 Omaha, plus a Lincoln and an Iowa beer.

Glad to have them back!
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Postby HR Paperstacks » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:08 pm

Glad this place is back too. I've always found this a good place for a first date.


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