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Sudden closing of Fair Deal Cafe

Posted at 6:28 PM, Jan 29, 2018

Fair Deal Cafe closed with little notice and now sits empty.

The owner of the property is looking for a new tenant. 

After reopening after a nearly 15 year absence, community members say the food and business was good. 

They're now wondering what happened. 

The landlords say some differences may have lead to their departure.

Neighbors and the landlord say it all came by surprise.

"I didn't know until I heard on Facebook that they were moving out," Michael Maroney said.

On Monday, the operator of the restaurant posted about the decision on Facebook.

"It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to close down the Fair Deal Café, unfortunately we simply could not come to an agreement with OEDC on the lease. We have enjoyed the support of the community over the past year, and appreciate every single one of you that have joined us for a meal or an event at the Fair Deal Café."

Michael Maroney of the Omaha Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) said they made a proposal with the tenants and that may be why they left.

"We are the landlords, and they are the tenants, and there were some differences, but nothing in my opinion that couldn't be resolved," Maroney said.

Nearby businesses say the cafe seemed to be doing well.

"They were pretty popular, so it's strange to see them gone so fast and so quickly," Micheal Preston said.

Community leader Preston Love Jr. said he holds his monthly forum there, he calls the closing shocking and disappointing.

"A wonder community hub and was getting back to what it used to be," said Preston Love Junior.

Maroney says the Fair Deal's closing will definitely be short lived.

"It's closed down now, but trust me it's temporary, we plan on seeing it reopen sometime in the near future," Maroney said.

The operator of the cafe did not respond to our request for comment.

Maroney would not comment on whether the closure had anything to do with missed rent or bad business. He said he hopes the community will continue to support the other businesses surrounding the cafe.