When LeadBelly was a scribbled, near illegible concept on a crumpled cocktail napkin, co-owners Michael Martin, Tony and Wendy Young envisioned a restaurant and bar where friends, family and foodies could gather to celebrate, love, laugh, mourn, learn, cheer and connect. Insanely passionate about connecting with people – and providing a mouth-watering experience with the food they love, has always been a priority for the LeadBelly Team. When space became available in the over 130-year-old Seaton & Lea Foundry building in the Historic Haymarket in 2013, it seemed the perfect place for LeadBelly to come to fruition.
The expansive contemporary American menu offers a little something for everyone from the signature LeadBelly burgers to street tacos, entrees, sandwiches, pastas and more. Haymarket patrons can indulge in unique appetizers and fresh salads, and choose from a broad selection of local beers, wine and signature cocktails. It might be difficult to decide between the infamous Raspberry Beret or Full Leaded Jacket LeadBelly burgers.
“We believe the restaurant industry should be fun,” says Mike. “Our parent company, Red Herring Concepts, was formed with the notion to create restaurant concepts that allow our guests to find an enjoyable distraction on their daily path in life. Our LeadBelly Team comes to work every day to have fun, engage our guests and offer them a seriously comfortable place to enjoy unique flavors shared with friends and family.”
LeadBelly is the second restaurant concept from Red Herring Concepts. TOAST, which opened in 2009, is located in northwest Lincoln’s Fallbrook neighborhood. A second LeadBelly restaurant opened in 2016 at Midtown Crossing in Omaha.