OMAHA, Nebraska – Good news for foodies: Lo Sole Mio, or a fresh version thereof, is returning. This is just one restaurant-related development in Omaha.
Don and Marie Losole are passing on the restaurant business to a new generation.
Lo Sole Mio closed its doors in July. The 30-year-old restaurant joined other Omaha institutions in shutting down, including Anthony’s Steakhouse, Joe Tess Place, and the Ethnic Sandwich Shop.
Marie Losole explained, “We decided to close because, at 74 years old, we felt we needed to spend more time with our grandkids.” The stress of the restaurant industry in the present day was another factor that influenced our decision.
This includes the rising cost of goods and the difficulties in recruiting personnel.
“Tony and Denise Fucinaro of Anthony’s Steakhouse are personal friends of ours. And they shut down approximately six months before we did. In addition, they closed for the same reasons: old age and environmental concerns. And you believe that the next generation, the younger generation, should take care of it because they are capable.”
The Losoles have faith in Sara and Lance Brown’s relatives. These are the new proprietors of “The Mio.”
The Mio will adopt the same themes as Lo Sole Mio and maintain some menu classics. Brown stated that customers will be greeted with the same famed bread and olive oil as at the original Lo Sole Mio.
Depending on how well clients support their business, the proprietors envisage seasonal additions such as a wine cellar in the basement and a bar on the rooftop.
Lance Brown stated, “It would be foolish not to continue the tradition and pay honor to the more than 25 and a half decades of Lo Sole Mio.”
Across the street, construction is underway on a second new restaurant.
Elie Berchal is leasing space from the Losoles in order to open a Puerto Rican restaurant. The restaurant’s name will be Chinchorro Caribbean Bistro.
They agree that creating a successful business is worthwhile despite the difficulties involved.
“We weep far too often. We are irritated. We believe we cannot accomplish it. Another morning you awaken and stand up. We say, you already know. “We can do it,” Berchal stated.
Brown stated, “I don’t see the community of Omaha and the folks who remember this location allowing a new restaurant to fail.”
Family is something that these two successful restaurants have in common. Also contained in Don and Marie’s secret recipe book for keeping Lo Sole Mio alive for so long.
Brown stated, “It basically boiled down to the fact that this is a family effort.” According to him, his sister and brother-in-law are returning to Omaha to help manage the firm.
“Only my family and I are involved in this venture. My parents, my kids, my grandchild,” added Berchal.
“We will support them 100 percent and assist them in every way we can to ensure their success and the continuation of this family and gastronomic history,” added Losole.
Both eateries are scheduled to debut within the next few months. Berchal anticipates that her Puerto Rican eatery will open in November, while the Browns anticipate that The Mio will open in early December.