Hub Café Opens in Lincoln’s Union Plaza
A café and community space for cyclists and trail users that serves locally grown food and sustainably sourced meats? It sounds like a dream for slow food enthusiasts, but the Hub Café is a reality for Lincoln residents.
Krista and Doug Dittman of Branched Oak Farm opened the farm-to-table restaurant in January with much of the food sourced from their certified organic farm located on the outskirts of Lincoln, as well as from other local producers. “The name has a community orientation, where we hope to be that link between urban and rural and the farm and the community,” says Krista Dittman.
The concept for the Hub started more than five years ago, when the city of Lincoln, the Great Plains Trails Network and other stakeholders came together with the intention of creating a space for healthy living and locally sourced meals adjacent to the Jane Snyder Trails Network and Antelope Valley Trail.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Hub is led by Chef Abigael Birrell, who moved to Lincoln from the Pacific Northwest. Abigael is a graduate of New York City’s Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health and the former executive chef of New York City’s Candle Café and Doe Bay Café on Orcas Island, Washington. She’s also worked as a cheesemaker at Shadow Brook Farm, has cooked at many local culinary events and is a contributor to Edible Omaha.
The Hub Café’s menu changes with what’s in season and places an emphasis on daily specials and small plates that can be shared. The cuisine is vegetarian-forward, but beef, pork and poultry from sustainable sources are also featured. The Hub serves locally roasted coffee, beer and wine. “When we describe our food, we always put delicious at the forefront,” Krista says. “What brings people back is delicious.”
Krista hopes the café will become a welcome space for families of all ages to meet and gather before or after enjoying Lincoln’s extensive trail network. In addition to year-round dining, the Hub Café offers a variety of prepared grab-and-go meal options, as well as a small grocery space for local milk, eggs and other products.
The Hub Café is located at 21st and Q Streets in Lincoln’s Telegraph District and is easily accessible on foot or bike via the Antelope Valley Trail. Find more information on Facebook at Hub Café Lincoln, its website, HubCafeLincoln.com, or at BranchedOakFarm.com.
—By Alexis Abel