Norfolk Restaurant Closes Suddenly After Over 80 Years in Business

NORFOLK – A restaurant that has become a bit of a landmark for the City of Norfolk has suddenly closed.

Prenger’s Restaurant, located at the corner of 1st Street and Norfolk Avenue in Norfolk, did not open for business as usual on Monday.

In a written statement issued to News Channel Nebraska, restaurant co-owner Al Zabawa stated that the property has been sold and is available for lease or purchase. There had been no indication prior to this week that the restaurant would be shutting its doors for good.

The Zabawa and Crowley families had operated the restaurant since 1985. Prenger’s itself first opened in 1932.


“On behalf of the Crowley and Zabawa families we would like to thank our loyal and valued customers over the past 32 years. Many of you have become not only customers but our friends as well. We deeply respect and appreciate those connections. Our sincere thanks go out to the many employees who helped make Prenger’s successful and implement our expectations for the business. Many of these have been with us for 25 years and those years were simply invaluable. Lastly, we would like to thank the community of Norfolk and Northeast Nebraska for being a great place to operate a business. We have been blessed to have been here.”

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