Omaha diner moves closer to shutting down

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

A proposal for a new hotel in downtown Omaha has been approved by city planning officials, despite pleas from fans of the popular restaurant currently on the planned hotel site.        

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Iowa-based Hawkeye Hotels plans to build a six-story, $15 million Marriott franchise, called the Moxy Hotel.

The Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend that the Omaha City Council approve the redevelopment plan.

But some residents disagreed, saying the restaurant located at the site, called The Diner, is the part of “the soul” of downtown.         A campaign to raise money to relocate The Diner has been created.

The board also approved a $1.9 million tax-increment financing, known as TIF.

The tax-increment financing and redevelopment plan is expected to the City Council in a few weeks