About Us



A place to come together. That was the vision of three

Ogallala families who came up with the concept for Driftwood. Jeremy

& Kelli Smith, TJ & Chanielle McMillan, and Jason & Suzy Hiltibrand

renovated this building in 2018-2019. A 99-year-old building that had

been a hardware store since 1920, is now an event center, restaurant,

and tap house in the heart of downtown Ogallala, Nebraska. It opened

with a concert by Read Southall Band on July 18, 2019.

Smith and McMillan had initially purchased the building for storage

in early 2017. Late in 2018, they met with local KCAD director Mary

Wilson, and an idea started to turn into a reality. The result is Driftwood.

We hope it becomes something the local community can be proud of,

and we hope it brings travelers and more businesses to downtown

Ogallala. We recently recruited Ogallala native, Chef Jason Diaz, and

General Manager Dawn Armstrong to bring fantastic food and a great

experience any time you visit Driftwood.