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David & Diane Hayes

September 28, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Over the past 30 years, “Hayes” has become a big name in the local restaurant and bar scene. With wife Diane now behind him as his partner and “most avid supporter,” Hayes has owned some area favorites including The Winery, Monterey Café, Jams, Bebo’s, Block 16, and several Egg and I locations. He currently owns V. Mertz and is active in numerous industry organizations. He was even inducted into the Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame last year.

Despite all their ventures, the Hayeses felt Omaha lacked a particular kind of establishment they came to know and love from their visits to the Midwest’s largest metropolis.

“We really enjoy some of the cocktail lounges as we go through Chicago. But we couldn’t find the same thing here,” Diane says. “We felt like there was a market here for this type of concept.”

The couple opened Trio Cocktails and Company last December in the Sterling Ridge development near 132nd and Pacific streets.

“Trio is an upscale, midcentury modern cocktail lounge. It’s sophisticated, yet it’s warm and inviting,” Diane says. “We purposely made a small, intimate setting where people feel comfortable whether they’re in jeans or dressed up. It’s welcoming to any situation and a broad range of people.” 

Designed by award-winning architect Lori Krejci of Avant Architects, Trio is “a beautiful setting,” Diane says. “I think it brings a sense of sophistication.”

A focal point is the 600-bottle chandelier that stretches the length of the bar and changes colors throughout the evening. “It’s absolutely gorgeous,” Diane says. Not only is it a work of art, it was a labor of love.
Krejci designed the chandelier, and, after the spotless new bottles arrived from the manufacturer, the Hayeses helped her assemble the delicate fixture.

No detail was overlooked. “Check out the restrooms,” David says. “They’re beautiful.”

“We wanted to create an environment that was unusual and beautiful, and when you couple that with the drinks, I don’t think there’s any other place in Omaha that offers that combination, that environment, that experience,” Diane says. “Our bartenders make really good cocktails. They make the classics, but they use the best ingredients and people appreciate that. You’ll find Old-Fashioned cocktails, Manhattans, and martinis made in an exceptional way.”

Trio also offers more than 80 bottles of wine, 15 wines by the glass, and three rotating tap beers. It opens at 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, closing at midnight except Friday and Saturday, when it closes at 2 a.m. Guests can indulge in a happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. weeknights, and patio seating when the weather is nice.

“Omaha is a big restaurant community. There have been some exciting new restaurant concepts opening in this community, but this is something that is a little different. Trio is as fine as any cocktail lounge you’ll see in Chicago or New York,” Diane says. “It brings a different level of sophistication to Omaha. This is a destination in itself.”

Another plus? “Impeccable” service.

“Our manager at V. Mertz is also managing Trio. The level of service you see at V. Mertz, you will also see at Trio,” she says. “From the welcoming smile when you first walk in the door to the wonderful drinks you receive, the service is top-notch, and you will see that in all of Dave’s restaurants.”

Visit triococktails.com for more information.

This article was printed in the September/October 2017 edition of Omaha Magazine.

Sexy & Slow

March 31, 2017 by
Photography by Keith Binder

Is it terrible the pain in Peedi Rothsteen’s voice is musically satisfying?

His honest mix of pleasure and vulnerability blended over incredibly sexy slow jams makes your knees buckle.

Rothsteen knew he was tapping a vein when he emerged on Omaha’s music scene nearly two years ago with a brand new sound unlike any of his other rhythm and blues projects.

Many may know him as lead singer to Voodoo Method or “P. Minor,” a local R&B artist and former radio personality, but he’s since evolved from typical masculine crooning. His delicate vocals now have depth. Musical grit, if you will. And, ultimately, rock influenced his creative trajectory.

Watching the evolution of Rothsteen has been quite entrancing. A lyrical twist intrinsically influenced only by time and experiences.

Music is second nature to the Chicago-born singer, who played trumpet and French horn as a child. He sang for his high school and church choirs. In fact, he got his start as a scrawny 7-year-old who took his church talent show stage in an oversized suit, patent leather shoes,  and a skinny black tie belting out Bobby Brown’s “Roni.”

Music was a persistent influence in his early years, but he stepped into his own in 2006 while working at Omaha’s hip-hop radio station Hot 107.7 FM.

P. Minor became a local R&B crooner who opened for some of the early 2000s’ hottest hip-hop musicians, including Donell Jones, Ciara, Akon, Ludacris, Ying Yang Twins, and Yung Joc. At the time, his single “Can I” was one of the most requested songs at the radio station. He garnered radio play outside Nebraska. His song “Keys to the Club” played in Arkansas, Missouri, and Minnesota.

Omaha’s R&B scene still is relatively small. Only a handful of soulful singers have landed regular gigs or made successful albums. He was tired of being stuck in a genre filled with repetitive melodies and predictable style. So he tried his hand at a new genre: rock.

“I liked the energy of rock music,” he says.

Minor was introduced to a couple of guys who were putting together a band. After a few jam sessions in 2007, the group formed Voodoo Method. With that band he toured and learned more about music than he’d ever imagine.

Voodoo Method featured an unexpectedly good combination of punch riffs, accurate lyrics being soulfully delivered by Minor, who almost always sported a tuxedo shirt and bow tie.

In the eight years performing with the band, his songwriting, voice, and look changed. He stepped into his own distinctive, expressive style. It was multi-dimensional.

“In rock, you have to be ready to take it up another level,” he says. “You have to be able to get out of your level. You have to be a magnetic frontman and push your vocals. And, without being in a band, I wouldn’t … my sound wouldn’t have developed that way.”

Voodoo Method is still around.  “We’re taking our time writing and just exploring music,” Minor explains.

But he got the bug for R&B music again.

“I wasn’t trying to get out or push anything, just exorcise my own demons,” he says.

He knocked the rust off and started producing again.

“What if I take what I’ve learned with the band and some of those experiences and move them over with R&B,” he ponders. “I might have success.”

All the while, he was producing a podcast and doing audio production.

“I wanted to create something new.”

He quietly started making R&B music again, he says. “A few songs here and there and then it started to feel good.”

So, here he is: a promising, ambitious, and talented songwriter and musician with one foot in rock, and the other in soul. This musical metamorphosis brought him to create his stage
persona, “Peedi Rothsteen.”

“Peedi” is a family nickname that stuck and Rothsteen is homage to Sam “Ace” Rothstein of Martin Scorsese’s brilliant and brutal 1995 film Casino.

Ace’s claim to fame is being an excellent gambler, he says. The way he approached the game. He knew all the ins and outs to gambling and could pick a winner.

“That the way I feel about music,” he says. “I know a song, what it needs. I know how to pick a winner. That to me, it’s symbolic.”

Hence, the brilliantly collaborative Peedi Rothsteen.

“There aren’t many things I can do great,” he adds. “Music is one. I work really hard, too. What comes out in the end is something people can enjoy.”

In 2015, Rothsteen released his debut EP Moments Before,  a five-song compilation of incredibly soulful lyrics. The music scene took notice. That same year, Rothsteen took home the Best New Artist award at the 2015 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.

Exactly a year to the date, Rothsteen released Moments During, a five-track EP follow-up. The songs are full of foot-stomping grooves and fiery grooves vocals. Two songs to wrap your nodding noggin’ around are “Righteous Giant” and “Clap.” Rothsteen hopes to continue his music collection by releasing Moments After this summer–same June 11 date, of course.

His audience is just as diverse. Young. Old. Black. White. Metal. Soft rock.

“I don’t want to be just one thing,” Rothsteen says.

“In rock, you can go anywhere you want,” he says. “Good music will never be bad. It doesn’t matter how you box it up, how you deliver it.”

This article was printed in the March/April 2017 edition of Encounter.

Jams, An American Grill

April 8, 2016 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Although Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery recently became a second Jams location in the Old Market, some aspects of the former brewery remain.

“We spent around $300,000 for a remodel of the space,” says Greg Cutchall, owner of Jams. “It was mostly cosmetic; we didn’t have to do a lot to the kitchen. We did retain the table taps that Rock Bottom had.”

The table taps are two large booths featuring tables with embedded beer taps so customers can serve themselves. Beer from these taps is bought by the ounce and charged to the customer’s credit card. Cutchall also says they brought back artist Shelly Bartek, who created the four paintings along the east wall of the building, which is located at 11th and Harney streets. Bartek painted over the Rock Bottom Brewery logo and incorporated Jams’ logo into the art.

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The decision to convert Rock Bottom Brewery into Jams, An American Grill was easy, Cutchall says. “It’s been a great move for us. We like that it’s a local brand whereas Rock Bottom was a national brand. Rock Bottom was more of a beer-centric concept. Jams is more wine-centric. We still have a great selection of beers, with 16 beers on tap, and a wine list of 120 wines.”

Fans of the original Jams on Dodge Street will notice a few differences when visiting the new Old Market location. “It’s a lot bigger,” says Cutchall. “We can seat a lot more people.” New wine coves, and chandeliers as well as pendant lighting, add to the ambience of the restaurant. Chris Wray, managing partner, is particularly excited about one special feature at the new location.

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“Personally, I really dig the patio,” says Wray. “When the weather turns nicer in the spring it would be nice to have a little two-piece or three-piece band to play and have all the windows open so you can hear them outside and in.” The patio boasts ample seating and attractive tables and seats.

Wray says that the great thing about Jams is the come-as-you-are vibe. “You can be in a suit and tie or you can just have finished up at the gym and you’re going to have a great experience,” he says. Wray described the second Jams location as “revitalizing” and Cutchall described it as “fantastic.” The move has proven successful, reports Cutchall, as sales were up 25 percent (as of early January) from when the location was Rock Bottom. “We’re really happy,” he adds.

The menu varies between the two locations, but the Sunday brunch that the original Jams is known for will soon be at the Old Market location as well. If venturing to either Jams location with a particular menu item in mind, it is a good idea to call ahead and ask if your preferred dish is available.

Visit jamseats.com to learn more.

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All in the Family

June 26, 2015 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

If you’ve hung out at The Lounge, a sophisticated eatery at the Magnolia Hotel, or sampled the fare at the newly-renovated Jams, you’ve experienced the unique design stylings of Anderson Interiors, an Omaha mother-daughter design duo.

Lindsey Anderson has been helping her mother, Lori Anderson, with design since she was 4 years old when she would tag along to the Designer Showhouse project. “When she went off to college and decided to go into interior design, it was not a surprise to anyone,” Lori says.

“I had always worked with her, so it just fell into place,” Lindsey adds.

The two are enmeshed in their working relationship and both hold degrees in interior design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“Being a mother-daughter team, we don’t have much of a filter on expressing our likes and dislikes,” Lori says.

“Sometimes my taste will be exactly the opposite of my mother’s,” Lindsey says, but they don’t let opposing views hinder their creativity. “We’re both always asking each other’s opinion,” Lori says.

It is this effortless exchange of ideas that allows them to design spaces that they describe as “timeless, not trendy.”

“On a daily basis, we are constantly bouncing ideas off each other,” Lori says.

Because they work in so many genres, it is hard to pinpoint one signature style that could encompass their body of work. They currently have at least 20 different design projects on their plate. “Regardless of whatever style a client might be after, we can hit any look,” Lindsey asserts.

When meeting with a client about a new project, Lori says that determining how a potential space will be used is the first piece of information she seeks.

“The function is probably the first conversation we have…how the space will be used in a residential situation by the family. If it’s a hospitality situation, what are the goals for the business?”

“It’s a process of getting to know each other,” Lindsey says.

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Lindsey explains that gathering images of ideas the client desires is crucial in their research. “One person’s idea of modern might not be my idea of modern, so it helps to see pictures of what ‘modern’ means to them or what ‘traditional’ means to them.”

Lindsey’s extensive research on every project and knack for hunting down new trends online or out and about has served as a revitalizing boost to a business that has developed a burgeoning client base for residential, commercial, and hospitality design for more than 25 years.

“We snap pictures a lot when we’re traveling and bring it back to our clients,” Lindsey says.

“Lindsey has found a lot of things that I never would have even thought of or found until she brought them to us,” Lori says.

The two keep a library of ideas on hand that they gather while they are out absorbing the world through travel. They love getting away from their Rockbrook Village studio to scout for ideas. “We enjoy traveling the globe, exploring cities, towns, and cultures,” Lori says.

Their sweet spot for rest and relaxation is Southern California’s Del Mar, where they enjoy the sand, sun, and strolling local art markets.

“Our creative inspiration comes from everything around us. It may be something we see on a walk, or a detail on a historic building, or a specific weave in a textile on a fashion runway,” Lori says.

Completing a project is a rewarding moment. “My favorite part of the process is the end result when I see people using the space, enjoying the space and being comfortable in the space,” Lindsey says.

Their attention to detail creates a fierce customer loyalty.

“Our clients become clients for years and years and years,” Lori explains. “I’ve had clients that I’ve done the home they live in and they’re getting to be in their 50s and 60s. You watch their kids grow up, and they starting to think about downsizing. I end up doing their second house or condo too.”

“We make a bond with the family,” Lindsey adds.

Many times their clients will repeatedly call upon the expertise of the Andersons to spruce up their living spaces. “We might not hear from them for a year, but the process never really ends,” Lindsey says.

“It seems that you’re always adding to a space, or then they decide to do an addition onto the house or they decide to finish another room,” Lori says.

The duo have formed a solid partnership that no doubt learns lessons along the way while also strengthening the special bond only a mother and daughter can have. “Working together is not effortless, but we are both creative, hard-working, and love what we do, Lori says. “We are very fortunate to have that.” AndersonInteriors2

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