Posts Tagged ‘Omaha’

So you want to eat a steak…

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Mark this one as the 3rd most frequently asked question at our shareholder information booth at Borsheims.

“Where can I get a good steak in Omaha?”

Everyone knows about Gorat’s – since that’s Warren Buffett’s favorite steak house – but it’s usually totally booked during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

I usually ask shareholders a few questions about what type of experience they’re looking for. A traditional old Omaha steakhouse experience where you get pasta and baked potato as a side dish? A more updated experience? A quicker place or a more expensive sit-down place? There are so many great options and I love to talk about food.

(Here’s our list of restaurants by area of city. And here’s a past post discussing food. Here’s another. And now I’m hungry.)

Our fantastic local food critic at the Omaha World Herald must get the same question because she put out a list of steakhouses and hot new restaurants for shareholders. Click here to read her list.

And while it’s not a steakhouse, her list does mention Block 16 which is a MUST VISIT when I talk to out-of-towners. Delicious, affordable, and innovative. One of my personal favorites!

Let’s Talk Food, Berkshire Hathaway shareholders

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Two weeks from today, you guys!

Two weeks until we get to have thousands of our friends and shareholders visit Omaha from all over the world. It is always so much fun, and it feels like it really came quickly this year. (Maybe that’s because the weather has been so chilly here lately. Don’t worry – we are warming it up before you arrive!)

Anyway, I know when I’m a few weeks out from an event, I start thinking about food. That’s normal, right?!?

steakI mean, who wouldn’t start salivating over a big juicy steaks a couple of weeks out? Especially if you don’t have regular access to our fine Omaha steaks (and Omaha Steaks) on a regular basis.

Warren Buffett always talks about his favorite spots. Gorat’s, which was renovated and under new ownership last year, is a staple for Mr. Buffett and his fans. In fact, he encouraged shareholders to call a few weeks ago to snag their reservations for the Sunday of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. They are likely booked up for Sunday, when Mr. Buffett will stop by, but you can always try to get reservations another day.

Mr. Buffett’s other favorite is Piccolo Pete’s, where he swears by the large root beer float. They, too, are expecting to see Mr. Buffett on Berkshire Sunday, so they are probably booked for reservations. You should still call them to try to get in. Root beer floats are never a bad thing.

Both Gorat’s and Piccolo Pete’s are old school steakhouses. The kind where you get a hunk of meat, a big potato, usually an iceberg lettuce salad and some pasta on the side. It is filling, delicious, and makes you feel like you stepped back a few decades in time (and in terms of price! They’re both very reasonably priced). Other old-school steakhouse favorites here in Omaha, and personal favorites of mine, include The Drover, Brother Sebastian’s and Cascio’s Steakhouse to name a few.

The Omaha World Herald reviewed our old steakhouses last summer and found Brother Sebastian’s to be the best. Plus it’s a really cool atmosphere.

If you want a more contemporary steak eating experience, Omaha has you covered, too. Or really any food. Check out our restaurant section for a guide to Omaha eats, sorted by area of town and some by cuisine.

And really, I love to talk food. So if you have any specific requests or questions, comment away and I will be happy to guide you in the right direction!


Buffett says Omaha Hotels “Taking Advantage of Shareholders”

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Uh oh!

We know the hotels here in Omaha tend to raise their rates during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend, but they may have gone too far this year.

Warren Buffett has told the Omaha World Herald that it seems the hotels are taking advantage of shareholders. He even went so far as to consider a shareholder’s suggestion to move next year’s meeting to Dallas.
“Omaha’s No. 1, but I do listen to my shareholders,” Buffett said. “If I hear from enough of them, I’ve got to think about an alternative, and next year (Dallas) would be a logical location. We would attract way more people than we do in Omaha.”     (Omaha World Herald, March 28, 2014)
No!!!! Not Dallas! (Signed, the friendly folks at Borsheims who love hosting shareholders each spring!)

Read the entire article from Buffett expert Steve Jordon in today’s Omaha World Herald.

And here are some tips from the locals about hotel rooms.

– Look outside the Old Market area. Yes, you would need to have transportation, but we do run shuttles all Saturday and you might get to explore a different part of town.

– Try to rent a home or apartment via airbnb or vrbo or craigslist. I was looking into this yesterday, and a lot of the places are already booked for this year but there might be a few options on there.

– Remember that Council Bluffs is SUPER close to Omaha. As in, right across the river. Try the hotels and casino hotels there.

I hope that helps. And I’m sure that a few stern words from Mr. Buffett to hotel managers may help with the rate increases, too. At least for the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting!

Hit me with any questions about lodging in the comments section and I am happy to answer them!

Berkshire Shareholders Guide to Regency Court

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Two of the “official Berkshire Hathaway shareholders events” are held at Borsheims in Regency Court. And because we cannot fit 35,000 shareholders inside of our store at once, we tend to take over all of Regency Court.

Regency Court is a shopping center with a unique blend of retail and fine dining. Borsheims has been the anchor store at Regency Court since moving there from downtown Omaha in 1986.

In the past year, Regency Court has undergone a bit of a transformation. Well-known Omaha salon Garbo’s moved from one side of Regency Court to a newly remodeled bay on the other side.

Additional stores have joined the shopping center as well, including Hot Mama (a boutique for mothers of all ages), bridal boutique Rhylan Lang, and national chains Ann Taylor and Learning Express.

All the old favorites are still here, including our great neighbors Parsows. They’ve been next to Borsheims since we moved in nearly 30 years ago. And Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett seems to be a fan as well. An Omaha World Herald article from a few years ago says the Parsow’s crew does his tailoring (and he’s a 43 Regular).

Check out a slideshow of some of the new storefronts:

Created with flickr slideshow.

OWH: Omaha Hotel Now Closed Berkshire Weekend

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

A heads up from today’s Omaha World Herald for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.

An Omaha hotel, the Omaha Executive Inn & Suites on 72nd and Grover, has closed for renovations. The owners say they have attempted to contact all the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders who had reservations at the hotel for Berkshire weekend but a few shareholders say they did not receive word.

Read the entire store on the Omaha World Herald website:

Ownership change closes Omaha hotel for Berkshire weekend –

101 Things to Love About Omaha

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

If you’re coming in to town for the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting this weekend (or even if you already live here), you might be interested in what some of the locals love about Omaha.

Omaha-based Metro Magazine’s latest issue is all about 101 Things to Love About Omaha. At Borsheims, we are very happy to be number 4!

Click here to read their other suggestions. You might even find a few ideas of how to spend your free time.

American Bixbite

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Good Afternoon Berkshire Weekenders,

With May just around the corner and the sun shining bright here in Omaha, we thought it would be fun to show off a little bit of what you can expect when you come to visit for the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder’s Weekend.

We are currently featuring an extraordinarily beautiful, 4.27 ct bixbite bracelet. This piece showcases red emeralds from Utah and blue sapphires from Montana. It comes from the Gubelin Collection.

Bixbite is a member of the beryl gem stone family and it includes some gem-fan favorites. You may know these gems as blue/green aquamarine, pink morganite, yellow/orange heliodor, green emerald and colorless goshenite. It has also been called red emerald, scarlet emerald and red beryl. The red color of bixbite is derived from manganese. The color of bixbite gem stones varies from orange/red to red to purple/red. The most desirable color is a deep, clear pink. Many people want and hunt for bixbite gems over one carat in size, but these sizes are very rare. The largest faceted bixbite gem stone is less than three carats, making gem-quality bixbite extremely rare and expensive.

Bixbite has been said to have the power to overcome grief and depression, to help a person feel more energetic and creative, and to stimulate one’s awareness. It has also been said to aid in relationships, giving compatibility and harmony. If you have health issues with your digestive system, heart, or lungs, the bixbite gem stone might be  beneficial to you. It has been suggested that bixbite helps heal those affected areas of the body.

If you are interested, we hope that you will check it out and more amazing jewelry available at Borsheims.

See you in May,

Bill, the blogger