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Runaway Steer Crashes Into Steakhouse Doors

February 27, 1989

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ A hulking Angus steer that broke out of a packing plant cattle pen Monday crashed into the front doors of one of the city’s best-known steakhouses.

″He was excited and half-crazed, and I said to myself, ‘I don’t want that guy in here.’ We would have had a hell of a rodeo,″ said Tom Kawa, president and part-owner of Johnny’s Cafe, who encountered the steer.

Kawa said he threw a platter through the hole in the door ″like a Frisbee″ and it hit the animal, which then jumped over a flowerbed and rumbled down the street.

BeefAmerica packing plant employees later rounded up the steer.

Because Johnny’s is near the Omaha Stockyards, Kawa said, runaway cattle have been seen before in the neighborhood.

″Years ago, you used to see stockyard employees chasing animals down the street or around the corner all the time,″ he said. ″But it’s been a while since we’ve had one banging on our front door.″

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