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First restaurant opens in The Railyard

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By: Brittany Paris

Great Food, No Bull. That's the motto of Buffalo Wings and Rings, the first restaurant to open up in the Railyard.

Right across from the new Pinnacle Bank Arena, the restaurant opened its doors at 11 Wednesday morning. And owners say it's taken a lot of work.

Kent White is from Omaha but works in Lincoln. He drove across town just for the grand opening.

"I think it's exciting. I think it's great for Lincoln, for the state of Nebraska," White said. "I think it's in a prime spot here, right across from the basketball stadium and it should be an exciting next few months."

With a menu of burgers, wraps, salads, and of course, wings, the restaurants promises customers a television view from each of its 250 seats.

And when you have good food and the game on, operating partner, Kevin Wolf, says that can only mean one thing.

"Fun," Wolf said. "We're gonna be the only sports restaurant, bar, in this Railyard area."

Even though Buffalo Wings and Rings had its grand opening, its still the only restaurant open in the Railyard. And there's still plenty of construction going on.

A few workers in the area, who installed the restaurant's windows, came in to inspect their work.

"Had to check it out, see what it looked like," Gabe Buresh, construction worker, said. "It's nice to see it all come together. It's been a long, hot summer."

Wolf says they're already planning for Pinnacle Bank Arena events, like Husker basketball games, by beefing up their staff.

Right now, they have a total of 90 employees. And during events, more than half of them will be scheduled.

"It's exciting. We've been pushing for it. It's been a long last month here getting ready, but we're open and running," he said.

Wolf says they're looking at having extended hours on event days as well.

Other restaurants in the area are expected to open up in the next week or so.

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