Known for its Italian cuisine, year-round Christmas lights, outdoor plaza, and street art scenes on the walls, Mister C’s has been an Omaha landmark for decades.
Did you know Mister C’s, 5319 N. 30th St. , started in 1953 as a Royal Boy car restaurant, with carhops? Beginning in 1964, Sebastiano (Jiano) Caniglia and his wife, Marie, began expanding it into a full-service restaurant with five dining rooms for 600 people. At its peak, the restaurant could seat 500 people upstairs, 300 downstairs, 100 in the lounge and 500 outdoors.
Along with a number of family members involved in the operation, Mr. C had a large and loyal cadre of staff. I worked there about 12 waitresses for over 20 years.
The restaurant was once one of Omaha’s most popular restaurants as well as a tourist attraction of sorts, much like taking a trip to Las Vegas. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, escaping to brunch, or attending a wedding on the outside courtyard, your dining experience has been infused with old world charm from the moment you walked in through the wood-carved door.
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