Today in the World-Herald Matthew wrote a great column about one man’s collection of matchbooks that celebrate the rich history of Omaha restaurants.
I was lucky enough to go along with Matthew when he met Rich Yost and his wife, Kim. And I brought my camera, because it’s not every day that a man who owns 208 matchbooks from restaurants invites you over to take a gander.
What I loved about Rich’s collection was that it revealed his wife’s and his tastes in restaurants - diverse, to put it mildly. There are fancy restaurant matchbooks. Matchbooks from buffets. Matchbooks from places that were trendy in the 1980s when I was an Omaha kid that I remember my parents talking about.
See: The Neon Goose, Gallagher’s, A Sidewalk Cafe and Bombay Bicycle Club. I ate at the Bombay Bicycle Club once and remember loving it for reasons I can’t recall now. It might have just been the name, which still strikes me as rather glamorous. I drew on paper tablecloths at the Neon Goose.
Rich doesn’t discriminate on what kind of restaurants he took matchbooks from. See: Runza Hut, Rax and Lum’s. (I also took these photos for my friend Brad, who might love old-school Omaha even a bit more than I do.)
There were places I’d heard of — V. Mertz — and places I hadn’t — Reuben’s, Stuart Anderson’s and Nasr’s, the place Rich and Kim had their very first date.Tweet