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An Omaha Tradition

I want to thank Omaha for embracing my family’s restaurant over the years since its inception in 1950 when my grandfather, Nick Petrow, bought the gas station at 59th and Center. He opened Petrow’s Drive-In and began selling loose meat sandwiches, chili dogs and chocolate malts which started the tradition in Midtown Omaha. In 1957, my father, Chris Petrow, built and opened Petrow’s Drive-In, the original portion of our current building. Over the years, my dad and I expanded the building to what it is today. My wife Shelly and I have enjoyed our passion for providing “Good Food Always” and are so grateful to all of our customers and employees who have helped make Petrow’s Restaurant an Omaha tradition.

Awards

Nebraska's Best Milkshake

Nebraska's Best Milkshake

Featured In:

Nebraska's Best Breakfast

Nebraska's Best Waffle

50 States of Brunch

History

Brothers Nick and John Petrow arrive in America from Greece in 1898 and establish the Fremont Candy Kitchen in 1903 in Fremont, Nebraska. Sweets, ice and cream and food were served.

Fremont Candy Kitchen

1903-1930

Nick Petrow built in west Omaha at 50th and Dodge and opened the Sunset Tea room. The Great Depression forced its closure in 1933

Sunset Tea Room 50th and Dodge, Omaha, NE

1930-1933

Nick’s son Chris built Petrow’s Coffee Shop and Cafe adjacent to Petrow’s Drive-In. The cafe still stands and is the original portion of our current restaurant. The Petrow’s Drive-In was razed to create parking for the new building. In 1968 Chris added a dining room to the cafe which is still used today

Petrow’s 59th and Center Street, Omaha, NE

1957

Nick Petrow opened the Crystal Candy Company with partner Mike Yiannou in 1905 serving sweets and food from a lunch counter and a soda fountain located on the 2nd floor of the Brandeis Building.

Crystal Candy Company 16th and Capital, Omaha, NE

1905-1936

After closing the Sunset Tea Room, Nick ran several businesses: The Five Corners Cafe, the N & T Cafe and the Igloo at 42nd and Leavenworth which was a popular ice cream parlor frequented by the Aksarben horse racing and hockey crowds

Aksarben Knights

1939-1975

Chris’s son Nick and his wife Shelly took over the business in 1992 and continue to run it today. They expanded the building in 1998

Petrow’s Restaurant 5914 Center Street, Omaha, NE

1998

Candyland was the third confectionary owned by the Petrow brothers in Nebraska

Candyland 1522 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE

1917-1930

Nick Petrow purchased a gas station near Aksarben at 59th and Center and converted it into a drive-in with car hops and a drive-thru window

Petrow’s Drive-In 59th and Center, Omaha, NE

1950-1957

In 2015 Petrow’s expanded adding additional parking and outdoor seating.

Petrow’s Restaurant & Petrow’s On the Patio 5914 Center Street, Omaha, NE

2015

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