After 26 Years, The Lunch Box Changes Hands

A longtime Orchard restaurant is officially under new ownership and has a new name.

Rahn and Gloria Olson, who owned the The Lunch Box since 1991, handed over ownership to Jessica Scott of Niobrara on Wednesday March 15. It’s now called Sugarz.

Gloria Olson delightfully recalled the history of The Lunch Box and it’s beginnings.

“Marion Schacht was the one who originally named The Lunch Box. We bought it in 1991 and have owned it for 26 years. What I’ve enjoyed the most over the years is having the younger kids work for me and to watch them grow up and see how successful they’ve become,” Olson said.

When asked why Scott decided to purchase The Lunch Box, both had a laugh as they talked about the transition.

“I love to cook, and I’m a people-person. I’ve always wanted something like this so Gloria and I talked about it, and here it is,” Scott said.

Scott has made plans to move forward and make improvements to the restaurant under the new name. Just of the few of the improvements Scott mentioned were the installation of a new ventilation hood – which will lead to Sugarz being closed for a week when this is happening – remodeling of the interior and exterior, replacing the larger tables with smaller tables, and removing a wall for the inclusion of a handicap-accessible unisex bathroom.

Scott will, however, keep some of the same traditions that The Lunch Box has held over the years, including the same hours, being open seven days a week 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a similar meal reward system that uses punch cards.

“I’m going to be getting business cards that serve as a punch card. If they spend $5 or more when they pay their ticket, they can get their card punched. When they have 11 holes punched, they may receive a free meal,” Scott said.

Scott also wanted to let the public know that Sugarz will be looking for a full-time cook with experience.

For more information, contact Scott at 402-394-1281.

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