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Prime rib with side of history: Johnny's, iconic Stockyards steakhouse, turns 100

It’s 7:30 p.m. on a wintry Friday night and the parking lot outside Johnny’s Cafe, a South Omaha landmark, is jammed.

The scent of seared steak wafts out the heavy, faux-bronze doors as they swing outward, and diners walk into a glowing, ruby-hued time capsule of Nebraska food history.

To the left is the massive dining room, still crowded on weekends with silver-haired men in sportcoats and women in their best blouses being served by staff who have worked here for decades. To the right is the dark bar, where guests saddle up to sip stiff Old Fashioneds, surrounded by cowboy memorabilia.

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