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Smitty's Brickhouse
Smitty’s Brickhouse co-owner J.D. Smith plans to add barbecue to the menu soon. He took over the former Last Second Saloon in February.

Food, family to be focus at Smitty's Brickhouse

by Nathan Arneal
Published 3/13/19

J.D. Smith has fond memories of visiting North Bend regularly as a kid when his parents had a cabin on McGinn’s Lakes.

Now, he’ll be spending a lot more time in town.

Smith, 39, and his fiancee Laramie Holton are the new owners of Smitty’s Brickhouse, formerly the Last Second Saloon, in downtown North Bend.

The Omaha native owned a hardscape business, installing outdoor patios and water features, but has several years of experience in food service. He managed the DC Center, a banquet hall in Omaha that could serve 2,500 people, as well as managing stints at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and the Fox and Hound.

Now, he’s ready to strike out on his own and is excited to be doing it in North Bend.

“I’ve always liked the restaurant business,” Smith said. “I’ve always liked to cook. I love working for myself. So this was a better direction for me to go.”

His goal with Smitty’s Brickhouse is to make it less of a bar and more of a restaurant.

“I just really want to be a little more family orientated and food orientated,” he said. “We’ll still have the bar here and keno, and all that, but we’re focussing on the food.”

He also wants to bring back one of his favorite childhood memories of North Bend, sitting on a tailgate eating ice cream outside Grandma’s Corner, a restaurant that used to sit on Highway 30.

“The final portion of my idea is to bring some of that Grandma’s Corner here,” Smith said. “We’re really trying to accommodate everything I loved about coming here.”

To that end, he plans to add ice cream treats, malts and sundaes to the menu when the weather becomes a little more ice cream friendly.


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