Anyone remember the quaint Royal Zoo in Royal, Neb.? It closed years ago, but what’s still open near Royal is Green Gables of Pleasant Valley.

Green Gables is a family dining spot with the Loft Gift Shop. There are Flea Markets and Vendor Shows on the last Saturday from April through September.

Green Gables is in a country barn, so it’s closed during the winter when trying to heat the building would be a huge expense, if even possible.

“It’s just a few short miles from the Ashfall Fossil Beds,” former colleague Kristin Wagner said. “The craft room/antique store are upstairs. The Amish come by and sell their goods once or twice a month during the summer, too. Super neat.”

Green Gables opened in 1992. It is two miles west and two miles north of Royal — at the corner of 517th Avenue and 865th Road — or four miles south of Ashfall Fossil Beds. It has a Facebook page, which provides hours of operations, daily food specials and events.

The menu is basic comfort foods, with burgers, sandwiches and kids meals for entrees, taco, chef and house salads plus Crunchy Munchy Chicken Salad and Chicken Salad Croissant. Desserts feature assorted pies, ice cream, Brownie Delight and Strawberry Shortcake.

The café and shop are open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Reservations can be made at 402-893-5800 for large groups and bus tours, except not on Flea Market days, when longer wait times can be expected. Outdoor seating is available.

The loft has an eclectic array of “vintage antiques, boutique clothing and accessories, funky and junky upcycled items, floral, furniture or seasonal décor,” according to its website,

Traditionally, food service is one of the toughest industries in which to succeed. Many try, many fail. And once in a while, one that succeeds for many years calls it quits, for a variety of reasons.

B&G Tasty Treet opened in 1953 with car hops on what was then the western edge of Omaha in a closed drive-in. In 1973, it moved a short distance to Beverly Hills Plaza, a strip mall just west of Crossroads Mall. Gone were the car hops but the recipes remained. In the case of B&G’s loose meat sandwich, the recipe remains a mystery.

The name changed to B&G Tasty Foods at some time, but on May 27, Memorial Day, B&G will close for the last time.

It’s hard to imagine some of those historic names and places not being where they’ve been, but we’re more interested in the places that continue to draw our readers back time and time again.

Where do you like to go for a historically good meal? Is your favorite meal linked to your favorite restaurant? Likely, but not guaranteed. How does your taste change with the seasons? Summer is coming – really, it is – so how do your eating habits and favorites change?

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