Valentino's

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Valentino's
Type Private
Industry Food
Founded 1957
Headquarters Lincoln, Nebraska

Valentino's is a regional Italian restaurant chain based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Valentino's was founded by Val and Zena Weiler in 1957. The restaurant was purchased by two Lincoln families in 1971 and began franchising additional locations. The first carry-out store opened in 1990, and many of the full-scale restaurants converted to the “Grand Italian Buffet” concept in the early-2000s. In Lincoln, as well as other cities it is located in, Valentino's has won numerous city awards such as "Best Pizza", etc.

As of 2005, Valentino's has 41 locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Until 1994, Valentino's had one Missouri location; this was in Saint Joseph.

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Opened The Amazing Pizza Machine in Omaha, Nebraska in 2006. The family buffet and entertainment center has been a huge success, attracting a variety of people, even from out of state.[1] It is the Midwest's largest family entertainment center and in 2008 it was named a Nickelodeon Parent's Pick in three categories: Best Family-Friendly Restaurant, Best Indoor Playspace/Partyspace for Big Kids and Best Indoor Playspace/Partyspace for Teens.[2] The entertainment center features arcade games, rides and other attractions—including a roller coaster, a race track, bumper cars, mini-golf and bowling. It has been named to the Best of Omaha list three years in a row.[3] In 2007, it was recognized by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions for their Top Family Entertainment Centers of the World awards program.[4]

Opened a pizza-by-the-slice business in 1982 and expanded that to 45 units before selling it in 1985.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ balticbeacon.com (2009-02-04). "Silent Auction slated for Feb. 13". BalticBeacon.com. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  2. ^ "THE AMAZING PIZZA MACHINE NAMED NICKELODEON PARENTS CONNECT PARENTS' PICK". Amazingpizzamachine.com. 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  3. ^ "THE AMAZING PIZZA MACHINE NAMED TO 'BEST OF OMAHA' LIST". Amazingpizzamachine.com. 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  4. ^ "OMAHA ENTERTAINMENT CENTER SELECTED FOR INTERNATIONAL AWARD". Amazingpizzamachine.com. 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Valentino's || History". Valentinos.com. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 

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