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When you hit Pinnacle Bank Arena for a basketball game or a concert, you may be tempted to get the standard hot dog and beer or nachos and a glass of pop. Those options are available, but the Lincoln arena can do better than that.
Food options are wide-ranging and include familiar options such as Valentino's pizza and the traditional “Red Dog” hot dog, as well as new items such as vegetable cups, barbecue nachos and tacos.
SMG's food and beverage company, Savor, will manage the arena's concessions. Chef Chris Packer and food and beverage director Greg Gaskins have worked to give the arena's concessions — 11 permanent spots and 14 portable locations — a restaurant feel. That will include upscale items such as a smoked brisket sandwich with herb and sour cream sauce and a steak sandwich made with choice sirloin steak.
Keeping a restaurant vibe with varied menu options is how the arena hopes to compete with restaurants in the Haymarket and Railyard districts.
“If you look at the competition I have in a 1-mile radius for that consumer dollar, it's a tough market,” Gaskins said.
Concession stands in the arena have specific names, each with their own specialty items. Haymarket Place will offer standard concession food as well as the largest burger in the arena; The Pulse will feature a variety of sandwiches.
Items served at Pinnacle Bank Arena will also include local fare such as beer from Empyrean Brewing Co., beef from Nebraska Famous Steaks, popcorn and cotton candy from Colby Ridge, bread from Rotella's Bakery and local produce.
“We partnered up pretty local,” Gaskins said. “We really have looked at keeping these regional and local connections.”