HOLDREGE, Neb.- About 5 miles southeast of Holdrege, you'll find the unincorporated area known as Sacramento, and "The Speakeasy" Restaurant.
Ryan Puls is the owner of the restaurant, and the chef there. The business has been in his family for about 40 years, as Ryan's father ran "The Speakeasy" as a restaurant, too.
"The Speakeasy" used to be a general store for the town of Sacramento that was a thriving town in the late 1800's. Changes in the railroad led to Sacramento's demise, but the popularity of the restaurant has only continued to grow.
Ryan says while his dad was running the business, he wanted to leave Nebraska, and tried his hand in the audio recording business in Seattle. "I went out there, but found out my heart was still set on cooking," Ryan said. So, he talked his girlfriend to come back to Nebraska, they got married, his dad retired, and now Ryan is putting his own touch on the menu.
"It's a destination spot for people," Ryan said. "We get people driving out here just to eat from Omaha. We are known for high quality steaks. My father implemented that back in the '80's. We only use a high-choice beef or prime," Ryan said. Other things on the menu include famous onion rings. Ryan does a house-cured bacon, and he really recommends the "osso bucco" which is a braised pork shank with mashed potatoes.
"The Speakeasy" is supposedly haunted by "Faceless Fred", but Ryan says he hasn't been seen for quite a while. If you want to go to "The Speakeasy", Ryan suggests getting reservations. The restaurant is open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Sundays.