Venice Inn Closing After 50+ Years

OMAHA (KPTM)- For the first time in almost a century, Omaha will be without a 'Caniglia' family restaurant.

Owners of Venice Inn, Chuck and Jerry Caniglia, announced Wednesday that they plan to close their restaurant at the end of April or the first week in May.

"For the last 50 years, this is all we've done," said Jerry Caniglia. "(We) Just want to thank Omaha so much for that opportunity to serve them."

Their lunch hour was packed Wednesday with loyal customers, not wanting to say goodbye just yet.

"I've been coming here since the early 60s," said Scott Mitchell. "It's a happy sad thing."

"One woman gave me her personal number and said please can I take you out to lunch so I could talk you out of this," said Chuck Caniglia. "I said, I don't think it's going to work."

The two said they started working at Venice Inn when their father, Eli Caniglia, started it up in 1957.

"His name has always been on that sign," said Chuck Caniglia. "I don't know what people are going to do with that sign, but Eli Caniglia's name will come down."

The brothers declined to say who bought the restaurant but did say they were looking forward to spending more time with their grandchildren.

"This would be a good time to stay in business for the next 10 or 15 years, but our age again, tells us it's time," said Jerry.

The Caniglia family started a bakery in the 1920s in Omaha. At one point, the Caniglia's owned seven different restaurants throughout Omaha. Venice Inn is the last, and final, Caniglia restaurant.

Written By: Maureen Wurtz