People from all corners of the world have made to trip to the Bohemian Café at 13th and William Street in south Omaha. Bob Kapoun is one of the family co-owners of this historic eatery and says they have decided to close their doors for good
Kapoun says, “It will be 50 years. It is a family run restaurant. Matter of fact when we purchased it in 1966 we bought it from my grandparents so there was a generation before us also. It used to be the only two days we would close would be the 4th of July and Christmas. A few years ago we went to closing on Tuesdays to give everybody a bit of a break.”
Kapoun and his siblings each have an important role to play. He manages the bar and his siblings are the chef and manage the restaurant. Kapoun says the restaurant has been his only job and many of his staff has been there 30 or 40 years. The decision wasn’t an easy one to make.
Kapoun and his family hope that someone will buy the business lock, stock and barrel and keep the tradition going. He says, “Right now everything is up in the air. We’ve been approached by a few people about the property. We would love to have someone continue the restaurant. It is a great place but we also have to look at ourselves and what we’re going to do that we are getting older.”
The Bohemian Café is well known for their Czech and German dishes. Kapoun says his brother Ron is the chef and makes everything from scratch. That includes the schnitzel, roast duck, sweet and sours cabbage, kraut, dumplings, kolach, liver dumpling soup and of course mashed potatoes and gravy. Kapoun says his brother has all the recipes in his head and nothing is written down. That is one of the things that makes the Bohemian Café such a very special place.
The doors close for good on September 24th.