Once Rubble…Now Welcoming…Black Crow Restaurant Opens Outdoor Area

BEATRICE – Just months ago it was a condemned vacant building, reduced to a pile of rubble.

Now, it is an outdoor eating, relaxation and events area for a popular downtown Beatrice restaurant.

:22                  “about that, anymore”

A ribbon-cutting and reception was held Tuesday night at the Black Crow Restaurant and their new outdoor area, at 407 Court.  Co-Owner Kate Ratigan says the area, which now features a brick and sod area with seating, canopies and plantings, has a capacity to host over 230 people.  Ratigan and husband Ray Arter…the chef of the bistro…purchased the lot from the city, after the next-door vacant building’s roof had fallen in, it had been condemned and torn down.

Ratigan says some flowers and café lights are still on the to-do list.  She says the way the space is positioned, makes it a nice outside place to relax.

:20                  “out here”

Tuesday night’s Main Street event and Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting drew several people, during a cooler than typical August evening.

Ratigan says with the amount of space from the sidewalk to the rear of the restaurant, there will be ample room for special events.

:13                  “to set up”

The Black Crow has held a consistent spot on the list of the Nebraska Tourism Commission’s Passport program, which features destination attractions across the state.  Ratigan says that program does a great job of increasing the visibility of things Nebraska has to offer.

:26                  “from that”

Ratigan says the couple wishes the outdoor dining area had been finished sooner, but with a mild fall…there’s still plenty of time to visit.

:15                  “very attractive”

The restaurant also owns property adjacent to the west along the south side of Court Street, which can host special events.

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