Anchor Inn moving from riverfront - Omaha.com
Published Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:00 am / Updated at 1:10 am
Anchor Inn moving from riverfront

The Anchor Inn, the former riverfront bar and grill, is moving away from the Missouri. Far away.

City officials say last summer's floodwaters largely destroyed the bar's structures near Freedom Park, and that local codes prohibited rebuilding.

Now, the popular summer music venue will occupy a 4,800-square-foot space just south of 72nd and Q Streets. The bar's owners will appear before the Omaha City Council on Tuesday for a liquor license hearing.

“We plan on staying here,” bar owner Jeff Rybin said of the new location at 5413 S. 72nd St. The bar will still have music on the weekends and the same menu, Rybin said.

“The only difference is we'll be open year-round and seven days a week now,” he said, instead of being open seasonally.

The opening for the bar's new location is scheduled for April 6.

Rybin said he leased the riverside space but hopes he'll be able to hold events there once that property's future is settled.

Hazard Corp., which owns the riverside property, disputes the city's assessment of flood damage to the building and believes it should be able to rebuild. A city hearing on the matter is pending.

The Anchor Inn has featured musicians such as the Black Keys, She & Him and Conor Oberst.

The Anchor Inn typically booked its own concerts with local groups and cover bands, though the Omaha music promoter 1% Productions has put on concerts there.

Marc Leibowitz, co-owner of 1% Productions, said it's hard to say whether concert promoters will be interested in booking touring groups at the new location.

Leibowitz's company booked concerts at the venue's riverfront location because it was outdoors, on the river and it fit a particular size crowd, he said. However, the company's lone booking in 2011 had to be moved because of flooding.

“If they have an infrastructure and it fits in the right niche, then maybe,” Leibowitz said of the new location.

This winter, the city declared that the bar and other buildings nearby could no longer be used because of flood damage and zoning laws.
Because the area is in a floodway, city codes prohibit rebuilding, said Rick Cunningham, city planning director.

The Anchor Inn “does not conform with the land-use ordinance that says what can occur on a piece of property,” Cunningham said at the time.

The buildings were already in use when the area's zoning changed and they were grandfathered in. But the city said that exception does not allow them to be rebuilt.

Cunningham said it's important that the city be vigilant about flood rules because the Federal Emergency Management Agency could otherwise impose sanctions that would affect the flood insurance of everyone in the city limits.

World-Herald staff writer Kevin Coffey contributed to this report.

Contact the writer:
402-444-1068, johnny.perez@owh.com
twitter.com/PerezJr

More Nebraskans are electing to vote early
TD Ameritrade says profit up 35 percent in second quarter
EB L Street lane to close
Omaha area may get 1 inch of rain tonight
Some city streets remain closed
Owners of exotic dance bar deny prostitution allegations
Nebraska's U.S. Senate candidates stick to familiar topics at Omaha forum
Kelly: Started at a dining room table, Home Instead thriving at 20 with $1B in annual revenue
Gov. Heineman vetoes bill to ease restrictions on nurse practitioners
19-year-old killed in one-vehicle crash at 72nd & Shirley
8% of alcohol sellers checked in Omaha area last week sold booze to minors
OPS bus, SUV collide; no students onboard at the time
Waitress who served alcohol to teen before fatal crash gets jail time, probation
Lori Jenkins, charged as accessory in 4 murders, waives speedy trial
Iowa State servers hacked, nearly 30,000 SSNs at risk
New public employee pay data: Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy Counties, plus utilities
2nd District House race: After 8 terms, Lee Terry knows how D.C. works — and doesn't
Bellevue man is killed at Minnesota dance hall after South Sudanese basketball tourney
Spring corn planting still sputters in Nebraska, Iowa, other key states
Nebraska banking and finance director to retire
U.S. Senate race: State Auditor Mike Foley defends Shane Osborn against ad campaign
Public defender to represent Nikko Jenkins in sentencing
Mid-America Center on track for lower operating loss
Bluffs City Council approves dozens of new numbered street lights
National Law Enforcement Memorial Week set for May
< >
COLUMNISTS »
Kelly: Started at a dining room table, Home Instead thriving at 20 with $1B in annual revenue
The idea that Paul Hogan had studied and then hatched at his mother's table was that older people, rather than moving in with relatives or to an assisted-living center, would much prefer to stay home instead.
Breaking Brad: Into the claw machine! Florida kid follows Lincoln kid's lead
In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a child climbed inside a claw machine. Hey, Florida kid: Nobody likes a copycat.
Breaking Brad: Even Chuck Hassebrook's throwing mud!
The Nebraska campaigns have turned so ugly, Democrat Chuck Hassebrook lobbed unfounded accusations at an imaginary opponent.
Breaking Brad: Kraft wiener recall is business opportunity for TD Ameritrade Park
Instead of returning the wieners, TD Ameritrade Park is calling them "cheese dogs" and charging double.
Breaking Brad: Photos with the Easter Bunny are so 2010
In a sign of the times, most kids ran out of patience waiting for a photo with the Easter Bunny at the mall, just snapped a selfie and went home.
Deadline Deal thumbnail
Tokyo Sushi
$5 for $10 or $10 for $20 toward All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Purchase
Buy Now
PHOTO GALLERIES »
< >
SPOTLIGHT »
Omaha World-Herald Contests
Enter for a chance to win great prizes.
OWH Store: Buy photos, books and articles
Buy photos, books and articles
Travel Snaps Photo
Going on Vacation? Take the Omaha World-Herald with you and you could the next Travel Snaps winner.
Click here to donate to Goodfellows
The 2011 Goodfellows fund drive provided holiday meals to nearly 5,000 families and their children, and raised more than $500,000 to help families in crisis year round.
WORLD-HERALD ALERTS »
Want to get World-Herald stories sent directly to your home or work computer? Sign up for Omaha.com's News Alerts and you will receive e-mails with the day's top stories.
Can't find what you need? Click here for site map »