Mac Thompsen & Travis Freeman

Mac Thompsen was a true legend in the Omaha restaurant industry, having owned and operated some of the most beloved dining establishments in the area for over 30 years. From the Neon Goose to YO-YO Grille, Category One, Kitchen Gourmet, and Taxi’s Bar and Grille, Mac left an indelible mark on the local culinary scene.

His passion for great food and hospitality was evident in everything he did, and he was known for always going above and beyond to ensure his customers had an unforgettable dining experience. Mac’s commitment to excellence earned him numerous accolades over the years, including his induction into the Nebraska Restaurant Hall of Fame.

Although Mac passed away peacefully in 2021, his legacy continues to live on through Mantra Bar and Grille, which he helped to establish and run for over 11 years. His unwavering dedication to the restaurant industry and his love for his community will always be remembered by those who knew him, and he is greatly missed by many.

Mac Thompsen’s contributions to the Omaha restaurant industry and the community as a whole will never be forgotten. He will always be remembered as a kind, generous, and talented restaurateur who left an indelible mark on everyone he encountered.


Travis Freeman is a true serial entrepreneur who has been a fixture in the Omaha community for over 30 years. As the owner of Mantra Bar & Grille, he has helped establish the restaurant as a beloved local institution, known for its delicious food, great drinks, and welcoming atmosphere.

But when he’s not at Mantra, Travis is the President and Owner of Brite Ideas Decorating, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of specialized outdoor lighting. His company sells all over America and installs most of the holiday lighting decorations you see across Omaha, making the city shine bright every year.

Despite his busy schedule, Travis is also heavily involved in charity work, particularly with the Salvation Army of Omaha being on the Tree of Lights committee for over 20 years. He is passionate about giving back to the community and making a positive impact on the lives of those around him.

Travis is a true leader in both the business and philanthropic communities, and his dedication to excellence and community service is an inspiration to all who know him. He is a beloved figure in Omaha, and his contributions to the city will never be forgotten.



Voted Best New Omaha Restaurant
Omaha Magazine 2012

Top Restaurant Rating

Top 500 Restaurant in U.S.



At Mantra Bar & Grille, we believe that great food and drinks are essential for any event, big or small. That’s why we specialize in catering services, bringing the same high-quality food and drink that you love from our bar to your next event.

Our catering menu is tailored to your specific needs and preferences, and we’re happy to work with you to create a customized menu that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters. From classic bar bites to more upscale dishes, our catering menu has something for everyone.

Whether you’re planning a corporate event, a wedding, or a casual get-together with friends, our catering services are the perfect solution. We take care of everything, from the food and drink to the setup and cleanup, so you can relax and enjoy your event.

So if you’re looking for delicious food and drink for your next event, look no further than our bar. We’re dedicated to providing top-notch catering services that will exceed your expectations and leave your guests satisfied and impressed.


In addition to our great private event options, our bar is also a great choice for smaller gatherings. With a seating capacity of 65 people, we’re perfect for intimate events such as birthday parties, bridal showers, or a night out with friends.

Our bar features a warm and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for small groups looking for a relaxing and enjoyable experience. And with our delicious food and drinks, you and your guests are sure to have a great time.

So whether you’re looking to host a large event or an intimate gathering, our bar is the perfect choice. Contact us today to learn more about our private event options or to reserve a table for your next night out. We look forward to serving you!