Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que near the southeast corner of 21st and Webb is closing after business on Sunday.
Owner Greg Cutchall, president of Omaha-based Cutchall Management, says it “was probably the smart move” since he was approached by local restaurateur John Arnold about starting a new concept.
They “struck a deal to partner on a conversion to a steakhouse-seafood concept that he was developing,” Cutchall says.
It’ll be called Greystone.
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“It is going to be a little more upscale than Redrock,” says Arnold, who is a partner in Redrock Canyon Grill, “but not as fancy as Chester’s.”
The 5,000-square-foot space will be divided into a main dining room and five private dining rooms.
“It’s 100 percent remodel – knock down everything,” Arnold says. “It’s more about the private rooms than it is maybe steak and seafood.”
He says there are a lot of professionals, such as pharmaceutical reps, who need regular meeting space.
The rooms will have themes, such as a Marilyn Monroe room, a New York room and a map room.
Each room will have its own temperature, audio and video controls.
Greystone also will have some private booths off of the main dining room.
“They’re, really, really, really cool booths,” Arnold says. “They’re pretty secluded.”
Famous Dave’s opened in 2004. A west-side Famous Dave’s was open for a few years in NewMarket Square.
“It started out pretty well, but I think we were really in that trade area too soon,” Cutchall says of the west-side location. “Looking back on it, I wish we would have stuck it out longer.”
He doesn’t think he’ll feel the same way about the east-side site.
“To be honest with you, we’ve been sticking it out there for several years,” Cutchall says. “Just being able to oversee that location as an owner has been really difficult for me.”
He says there aren’t any easy flights from Omaha to Wichita.
Cutchall’s company has 55 restaurants, most of which are in Omaha or Lincoln.
“That one was just kind of out there by itself,” Cutchall says of Wichita. “Our profits there have been somewhat marginal.”
He says the new deal makes sense since Arnold will be here to manage the business.
Arnold says to look for Greystone to open in the second week of January.
“We’re just trying to meet the needs of the east side.”