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Mahoney State Park

Postby iamjacobm » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:22 pm

Mahoney State Park

http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/New-Cabins-Being-Built-At-Mahoney-State-Park-243793321.html

Some good news for people who enjoy staying in cabins at Mahoney State Park over the summer, construction is underway for three new cabins.

Currently they have 54 cabins and those are very popular. The new cabins will have six bedrooms.


Good news, probably need more. These things are next to impossible to book.

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Postby Coyote » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:15 pm

Just saw this on WOWT. They sound very popular. Have seen them, but have never rented one. Made me think though...
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Postby iamjacobm » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:19 pm

Coyote wrote:Just saw this on WOWT. They sound very popular. Have seen them, but have never rented one. Made me think though...


My extended family gets them for 2 nights every summer as a sort of mini vacation to get everyone together. It is INSANE to try and get the dates you want in the summer. You have to book a year in advance to the day no earlier and the phone lines open up in the morning at 9(I think) my Grandma and 4 Aunts are all on their cell phones calling and two family members are online trying to get in right when the clock hits. Even then we have had times that we have to try the next day and the next day. Sometimes you can get lucky if someone canceled one during the year and pick up one for an earlier date, but getting those things is cut throat.

Edi: Also when ?I searched for Mahoney I didn't realize that this was in the photography thread.

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Postby Coyote » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:06 pm

They must be putting a ton of effort into this location; the Parker's didn't renew their contract with Mohoney State Park...
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Re: Parker's Smokehouse Replacing McKenna's!

Postby bigredmed » Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:57 am

Mahoney is a problem location. Kind of snake bit. I wonder if they are simply refining their business model to concentrate on BBQ.

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Re: Parker's Smokehouse Replacing McKenna's!

Postby Greg S » Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:11 am

Yeah, there's been several groups that tried out there.

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Postby bigredmed » Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:24 am

The state park needs to market the restaurant independently of meetings and group outings, and that means keep it open past 8 pm. Food needs to be non-industrial. I wonder if they should consider a deal with Metro's Culinary school to provide a working lab for chefs to develop rapid prepared fresh food in the context of a place that has both rushes and slow steady business.

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Postby Brad » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:44 am

bigredmed wrote:The state park needs to market the restaurant independently of meetings and group outings, and that means keep it open past 8 pm.  Food needs to be non-industrial.  I wonder if they should consider a deal with Metro's Culinary school to provide a working lab for chefs to develop rapid prepared fresh food in the context of a place that has both rushes and slow steady business.


I completely agree. Even when Parker's ran it, it was better, but still very basic and mass produced. They should have just ran with the regular Parker's menu.
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Re: Parker's Smokehouse Replacing McKenna's!

Postby Coyote » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:01 am

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bigredmed wrote:The state park needs to market the restaurant independently of meetings and group outings, and that means keep it open past 8 pm.  Food needs to be non-industrial.  I wonder if they should consider a deal with Metro's Culinary school to provide a working lab for chefs to develop rapid prepared fresh food in the context of a place that has both rushes and slow steady business.


I completely agree.  Even when Parker's ran it, it was better, but still very basic and mass produced.  They should have just ran with the regular Parker's menu.


I don't know too much about Mahoney's Grille, but isn't this more of a catering contract? Is there a full restaurant kitchen there? I've had Sunday brunch there several times and it was mostly buffet style sterno warmers IIRC...
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Re: Mahoney State Park

Postby Brad » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:35 am

Mahoney State Park food service providers let contract end

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David Hendee / World-Herald staff writer wrote:Mahoney Grille, operated by Jeff and Emily Parker of Parker’s Smokehouse of Ashland, Nebraska, chose not to extend its contract option, ending services to the park. The Parkers took over the operation in February 2012. Their last day at the park was Jan. 4.


David Hendee / World-Herald staff writer wrote:Jim Swenson, parks administrator, said the Parkers and Mahoney Grille were great partners.
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Postby bigredmed » Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:40 pm

Either run it as a catering shop with a diner for the park, or go hard core and swing for the fence. This is the same as the old market's challenge. Why drive all that way for a burger that tastes like has been sitting in a steam table for hours?

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Postby nebugeater » Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:42 pm

I was talking with one of the people that I believe was the owner at the Ashland Location about the time it was announced that they were going to take over th e park. I asked about menu and from what I remember from the conversation is that the contract somewhat defined the menu and they didn't have the option of doing the same thing as at the smokehouses.
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I heard something similar.

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Postby bigredmed » Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:59 am

bigredmed wrote:Either run it as a catering shop with a diner for the park, or go hard core and swing for the fence.  This is the same as the old market's challenge.  Why drive all that way for a burger that tastes like has been sitting in a steam table for hours?


We were in the Black Hills last September. We ate at the restaurant in the State Game Lodge. It had a huge crowd. It didn't serve steam table blah. I had an Elk steak and my wife had pheasant stuffed with wild boar sausage. Mahoney should aim for that level of cuisine. People will drive from Omaha or Lincoln for that. If South Dakota can make it work, why can't Nebraska?

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Postby Brad » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:02 am

bigredmed wrote:We were in the Black Hills last September.  We ate at the restaurant in the State Game Lodge.  It had a huge crowd. It didn't serve steam table blah.  I had an Elk steak and my wife had pheasant stuffed with wild boar sausage.  Mahoney should aim for that level of cuisine.  People will drive from Omaha or Lincoln for that. If South Dakota can make it work, why can't Nebraska?


That would be great!
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Postby Garrett » Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:49 am

bigredmed wrote:
bigredmed wrote:Either run it as a catering shop with a diner for the park, or go hard core and swing for the fence.  This is the same as the old market's challenge.  Why drive all that way for a burger that tastes like has been sitting in a steam table for hours?


We were in the Black Hills last September.  We ate at the restaurant in the State Game Lodge.  It had a huge crowd. It didn't serve steam table blah.  I had an Elk steak and my wife had pheasant stuffed with wild boar sausage.  Mahoney should aim for that level of cuisine.  People will drive from Omaha or Lincoln for that. If South Dakota can make it work, why can't Nebraska?



Well, depending on where you were, the Black Hills are a much larger draw than Mahoney is.
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Postby bigredmed » Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:54 pm

Garrett wrote:
bigredmed wrote:
bigredmed wrote:Either run it as a catering shop with a diner for the park, or go hard core and swing for the fence.  This is the same as the old market's challenge.  Why drive all that way for a burger that tastes like has been sitting in a steam table for hours?


We were in the Black Hills last September.  We ate at the restaurant in the State Game Lodge.  It had a huge crowd. It didn't serve steam table blah.  I had an Elk steak and my wife had pheasant stuffed with wild boar sausage.  Mahoney should aim for that level of cuisine.  People will drive from Omaha or Lincoln for that. If South Dakota can make it work, why can't Nebraska?



Well, depending on where you were, the Black Hills are a much larger draw than Mahoney is.


True, but given the wealth living within a 25 mile circle of MSP, making it a real attraction for food would get some people off the interstate and would get people from Gretna, Ashland, Elkhorn, and west Omaha to go there again.

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Postby Brad » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:47 pm

So Brian, owner of the Salty Dog, and his chef posted a photo of Mahoney State Park and said “Here we come Nebraska”. So i’m Guessing may he he is going to run the restaurant in the lodge?
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Postby nebugeater » Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:19 pm

Brad wrote:So Brian, owner of the Salty Dog, and his chef posted a photo of Mahoney State Park and said “Here we come Nebraska”. So i’m Guessing may he he is going to run the restaurant in the lodge?


THe restaurant has been empty for a while. I was at an all day meeting out there about two weeks ago and the noon meal was catered in by HyVee using the restaurant area for seating.
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nebugeater wrote:
Brad wrote:So Brian, owner of the Salty Dog, and his chef posted a photo of Mahoney State Park and said “Here we come Nebraska”. So i’m Guessing may he he is going to run the restaurant in the lodge?


THe restaurant has been empty for a while. I was at an all day meeting out there about two weeks ago and the noon meal was catered in by HyVee using the restaurant area for seating.


Good luck. This place could be vibrant like it was in the 90s. It could be a great place for an over night date night with a sunset meal over looking the Platte, good food, some nice wine or other adult beverages and a lodge room with a fireplace, dessert, and the remaining bottle of wine. Going to have to have something that makes it worth driving all the way there. Hope they are successful.

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Postby nebugeater » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:48 pm

bigredmed1 wrote:
nebugeater wrote:
Brad wrote:So Brian, owner of the Salty Dog, and his chef posted a photo of Mahoney State Park and said “Here we come Nebraska”. So i’m Guessing may he he is going to run the restaurant in the lodge?


THe restaurant has been empty for a while. I was at an all day meeting out there about two weeks ago and the noon meal was catered in by HyVee using the restaurant area for seating.


Good luck. This place could be vibrant like it was in the 90s. It could be a great place for an over night date night with a sunset meal over looking the Platte, good food, some nice wine or other adult beverages and a lodge room with a fireplace, dessert, and the remaining bottle of wine. Going to have to have something that makes it worth driving all the way there. Hope they are successful.


Driving all the way there is not the issue. There are plenty of people there year around to support something nice.
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Postby Coyote » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:10 pm

Has there been food service there since Mahoney's Grille (run by Parker's) backed out?
Years ago they had decent brunches there when I attended conferences there.
I agree with other postings from years ago, that if they got the right tenant in place, they could do a killing.
If they got something akin to Denver's Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant, the sky would be the limit.
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Re: Mahoney State Park

Postby Brad » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:11 am

Looks like its official! Meal in a mug too!

Brian Cadwallader wrote:I’ve been dropping hints for 5 months now, but, it’s official today. We are taking over the food and beverage operations at Mahoney State Park. We will operate the restaurant in the Peter Kiewit Lodge as well as all catering at the park.

The menu will be a simpler version of The Salty Dog Bar & Grill’s menu with Caddy’s Riverside Grille’s brunch service as well as the Meal-In-A-Mug Bloody Mary.

Thanks to everyone that helped us along this journey and we cannot wait to begin our adventure at one of Nebraska’s great treasures Mahoney State Park!
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Re: Mahoney State Park

Postby Brad » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:12 pm

New FB Page for Caddy's Parkside Grill:
https://www.facebook.com/caddyatmahoneystatepark/

-Hopefully open in the next few weeks
-Catering starting 3/1
-Fully Operational for Easter Brunch on 4/1
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