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Grand Island, Neb., Resources

The City of Grand Island, Nebraska

Grand Island has seen a significant influx of new restaurants in the past five years. Dining options now range from local steaks to Japanese cuisine and just about everything in between.  A plethora of national chains line Merchandise Mile along Highway 281. Fast food, ethnic food and sit-down dinners can all be had within a few short blocks of the many stores in this shopping district. 

Railside is the heart of the city, where it all began. Grand Island grew up around the Union Pacific rails that anchor downtown. The cultural and visual cornerstone of this historic district is the Grand Theatre. The facade was recently restored and is paired with an immaculately well-preserved original 1930s art deco interior. Movies are still shown here Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. A renovated Railside Plaza is hosting regular concerts.  Railside is reinventing itself. New lofts are being completed, new businesses are being created, and other businesses are moving into the district or improving on their existing facilities.  Downtown is peppered with locally owned restaurants that serve great burgers, stone-oven pizza, gourmet wraps and award-winning chili — for starters. 

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Lisa Bilslend, Pharm.D, BCACP
Residency Program Director
Grand Island VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic
308-382-3660 Ext. 92678