Piccolo Pete’s restaurant in Omaha has quite a long history. Tony Piccolo founded the restaurant more than 81 years ago and it is still in the family. His grandson, Scott Sheehan is the current manager but only for a few more days. The famous neon sign will go dark as they get ready to close for good on New Year’s Day.
Sheehan says there is a lot of history inside these walls. Customers have been coming in since they announced the closing to share their memories. There are many for Sheehan as well. He grew up there and his grandparents lived above the restaurant. He says saying goodbye is bitter sweet.
Sheehan says they are now getting ready for the future. He says while family dining is no longer part of their plan they will still operate their food truck that will continue to serve many of Piccolo’s favorites. He says they will take time and regroup after closing and then start the next phase for the building in southwest Omaha. He says one possibility includes catering and turning the building into an events hall for banquets, wedding receptions and parties.