Since its inception, Nightclub Confidential has covered the heartland expansion of nightlife with great interest. Big city concepts trickling into smaller communities and seeing middle America embrace nightlife like never before is a great thing for the industry as a whole. With that in mind, our latest jaunt into potential undiscovered nightlife hotbeds takes us to Omaha, Neb., where residents celebrated the opening of Silhouettes Lounge last weekend.
Located in downtown Omaha, Silhouettes is an upscale restaurant and nightclub that is hoping to bring some “big city” excitement to the cornhusker state. According to local reports, the venue is setting out to raise service standards in an area traditionally devoid of nightlife by offering valet parking, bathroom attendants, celebrity guests and an affordable yet mature party atmosphere.
One of Silhouettes’ co-owners, James Mills, has a successful track record of events in the area and has been responsible for bringing high-profile talent into Omaha-based events, including baller Dwyane Wade, Canadian model Melyssa Ford and rap star Nelly. For Mills, it’s just a starting point for the types of events and surprise guests that Silhouettes has on slate.
“We want to bring a ‘big city feel’ to Omaha that has never been done before,” Mills told University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Gateway reporter Summer Dourisseau. “The opening of the new baseball stadium will be huge for night life in downtown Omaha. A part of that ‘big city feel’ is an upscale dress code; you have to wear ‘dress shoes’ or you're not getting in.” Here’s wishing Mills and Silhouettes all the best; we’ll drop by to see how you’re doing in a few weeks.