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Conor Oberst to open bar in Dundee
By Cara Pesek
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


Conor Oberst and fellow Omaha musician Phil Schaffart have leased space at 5004 Dodge St., where they are planning to open a cocktail lounge.

The space was formerly occupied by Pageturners Used Books. Schaffart said the two are planning to call the space Pageturners Lounge.

Schaffart declined to give many details when reached by phone in Palm Springs, Calif., where he's on tour with M. Ward.

He said the space would be a bar, not a live music venue. He anticipated it would be several months before the lounge was open for business.

"But I will say Conor and I are opening a bar," he said.

Oberst could not be reached for comment.

According to their liquor license application, the two leased the space in February. They are planning to serve beer, wine and cocktails. They also plan patio seating facing Dodge Street.

The liquor license application is on the agenda for Tuesday's City Council meeting, though it's possible the vote will be delayed.

Chief Building Inspector Jay G. Davis has requested the vote be postponed until Oberst and Schaffart file a new certificate of occupancy, a permit for the proposed outdoor area, and permits for any fences or decks and renovation plans for the interior and restrooms.

Councilman Pete Festersen tweeted about the bar Thursday night: "New cocktail lounge being proposed by Conor Oberst and others in Dundee at 5004 Dodge."

Oberst is the frontman of the group Bright Eyes. Schaffart is a member of Bright Eyes' road crew and frontman of the Omaha band Con Dios. Both are Omaha natives.

Schaffart said the two had discussed opening a bar in Omaha for "a long time — years" and had considered several locations. They both like the Dundee neighborhood, which drew them to the old Pageturners location.

"This was the right opportunity," he said.

Contact the writer:

cara.pesek@owh.com, 402-444-1052

Contact the writer: Cara Pesek

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Cara writes about nightlife -- bars, clubs, karaoke, and other places people go to have a good time -- as well as fashion, pop culture and trends.


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