The Nebraska Restaurant Association provides members with the resources they need to succeed in a fast-paced industry with constantly changing regulations and customer desires.
The Nebraska Restaurant Association creates value for members by promoting legislative interests of the industry, providing cooperative marketing and educational opportunities while protecting free enterprise.
Four Nebraska restaurants have been selected as state winners of the 2010 Restaurant Neighbor Award that rewards community service and are now in the running for the prestigious national award. The Restaurant Neighbor Award was created by the National Restaurant Association to recognize restaurants that exemplify the industry’s philanthropic spirit.
On behalf of Pius X High School, Msgr. Liam Barr and Keith May presented the fourth annual Outstanding Alumni Award to Tony Messineo (’59), an owner of Valentino Restaurants, at the Friends of Pius X celebration on August 12.
According to Keith May, who nominated Tony, “Tony’s leadership and treatment of his employees and customers is a testament to his faith. Tony truly takes his faith to work with him and it is very much a part of his day to day efforts.”
A graduate of Pius X and the University of Nebraska, Tony and his brother Ron purchased a local restaurant in Lincoln - Valentino’s – in 1971. The two, along with their cousin, Mike Alesio, who joined them a year later, went on to expand that business and today Valentino’s has expanded to 39 restaurant locations in 6 states.
Brewsky’s Food & Spirits had its 20th Anniversary in August, 2010. Brewsky’s has four locations in Lincoln and two in Omaha. The original Brewsky’s, which opened in August, 1990, is at 16th & South Streets in Lincoln, NE, (just completely remodeled) while the most recent Brewsky’s opened in 2006 at 84th & Park Drive in Omaha, NE.
Brewsky’s was one of the original “sports bars” in this area, and of that bunch probably the last standing with the original ownership still intact. The term “sports bar” has come to be synonymous with a mix of bar and restaurant throughout the entire establishment, where families are comfortable dining in a “bar” atmosphere, with multiple TVs showing multiple sporting events.
Membership in the Nebraska Restaurant Association is a small investment with big rewards in the health of your business and the entire foodservice industry. As a member of the Association you will have a unified voice for representation of the industry in government, the strength of an exclusive group for money saving programs specific to foodservice, and the assistance of staff and consultants who are available to help your business prosper. It pays to join! Dues are 75% tax deductible.