The Benson Renaissance is Happening Right Now


Benson Parade with a great band
At one time the area known as Benson was slightly disreputable. Although it is a tight nit community, it had a hard time overcoming the stigma that was set forth by gangs and drugs. In the past few years though it has gone through drastic changes. Many new businesses have opened their doors and the older businesses have begun to flourish in the recent renaissance over the past decade. As opposed to being a place that you would try to avoid, Benson has become a destination for everyone young and old. Instead of cracked walls and store fronts that you would expect to see in somewhere like Detroit or the south side of Chicago, now have been replaced by huge murals done by local artists and a booming commerce scene with everything from restaurants and nightlife to antique stores and shoes.

Benson has gone through it’s fair share of facelifts over the years and yet there are shops that have withstood the test of time. Grampy’s Curious goods is one of those shops. It is an antique store with a junkyards charm. The character of the shop is that when you walk I the door it looks like someone’s garage or storage space. But, upon a second look, it is the type of place that is a digger’s paradise. You will find things from your childhood and things that you didn’t expect to ever see again. In the constant state of fux that comes with technology, this places seems to stand by in time collecting more and more curiosities for people to find and love again.

Haney’s shoes is another store that has become a staple in the Benson area. It doesn’t have the charm of an antique or nick knack store, what it does have is catering to the working class. They have every type of work boot that you could think if as well as over-alls and anything that you would need for the drastic seanson changes that Nebraska brings.

As far as food goes, Benson runs that gamut with ease. If you like high end gourmet decadence there are places like Espana and Lot2. Espana has been there for a decade plus and has provided Omaha with wonderful Spanish cuisine that transcended the whole Spanish food trend of the early millennium. Their Paella is a revelation and their Jamon is authentic(a real rarity). Lot2 is a wine bar that has upscale food without all the stuffiness of a French restaurant. The waiters are very knowledgeable about what they do and you will always be blown away by the culinary artistry.

If your choice is to go for a good night out then Benson has become a formidable contender against Omaha destinations like the Old Market and Village Point. The number of clubs and nightspots have triples over the last few years which you would think would Over saturate the area, yet it has attracted a larger and more diverse crowd to walk the streets. Actually one could make the argument that two places in particular have facilitated the past renaissance, those being Jake’s and the music venue the Waiting Room.

Jake’s was a transplant from Lincoln, where it was a head shop and clothing store. When it made it’s way to Omaha 7 years ago it became a trendy cigar bar, that boasts one of the best liquor and micro brew selections in town. The Waiting room is a huge venue with state of the art sound and picked up where the Ranch Bowl left off, booking the best in local and national acts. Just down the street there is a smaller bar by the name of Barly St. that hold weekly open mic nights and has a very cheap drink selection.

If Music isn’t your thing then you could always go to the Musette. This is a bar game players paradise with the most shuffle board tables in town. It is also a mecca for pool shark from all over. If you’re real lucky then you can hit up Sneaky Pete for a custom cue. They also have the only completely indoor smoking room in Benson along with every flavor of Vodka you could think of.

But if you just want to unwind with a few beers and good people nyou could go to Burke’s or the Full House. The Full House has country karaoke and the best parking in the area. But don’t park in their lot unless you are going there or you will get towed with precision. Burke’s is a nice little pub where you can feel like you’re among friends even though they are strangers and if you go there get their in house made apple pie shot.
As you can see Benson has turned completely around to become one of the areas that makes Omaha a beautiful and diverse city.

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