LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will seek a new food service provider at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park.
The previous provider, Mahoney Grille, operated by Jeff and Emily Parker of Parker’s Smokehouse LLC, chose to not extend its contract option, ending services to the park effective Jan. 4, 2015.
Mahoney Grille had provided food, beverage and catering services at the park since February 2012, operating the restaurant located within the Peter Kiewit Lodge.
As of Jan. 5, the dining room at the park is closed. Food concessions located at various park activity locations, such as the Ice Rink/Activity Center are not impacted by this temporary closure, and will maintain advertised hours of operation.
Game and Parks is working with the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services and preparing to advertise a request to seek a new provider. The goal is to have a new contracted food service open by the summer park season. The park’s kitchen and dining facilities will undergo renovations in the meantime.
During the interim period, the public may contact the park to inquire about catering needs associated with conferences or special events by calling 402-944-2523 and asking for the Group Functions department. For overnight guests, the park will provide limited breakfast and convenience food options. Information regarding those options, as well as a listing of local dining options, can be obtained by contacting staff at the Peter Kiewit Lodge or Lauritzen Administration building front desks at 402-944-2523.
Nebraska Game and Parks praised Parker’s Smokehouse and the service they provided.
“The Parkers and the entire Mahoney Grille team were great partners, and we appreciate the opportunity we had to collaborate with them in fulfilling the dining needs of the park’s visitors,” said Jim Swenson, the commission’s parks administrator. “They brought some great ideas to the dining room and catering service, and their creative energy has opened some new opportunities for them in other locations. We thank them for their commitment and service to the park and our park guests and we wish them the best as they pursue other business opportunities.”