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Billy’s High Hat Diner opens in Iowa City

Local restaurateur Derek Perez’s new venture, Billy’s High Hat Diner, opened today, March 17 in the space formerly occupied by Augusta (630 Iowa Avenue). Ryan Whiting, Perez’s right-hand man at Bandito’s, is a partner in the new restaurant, and Iowa City native Andrew Mennenga will also take on a leadership role. […]

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A restaurant divided: New Augusta owners part ways with original Oxford owners, head chef

Augusta Restaurant (630 Iowa Ave.) will be closing its doors briefly in early January for updates after co-owner Derek Perez had a falling out with Ben and Jeri Halperin, the founders and co-owners of the original restaurant, last week. History: From Oxford to Iowa City In 2008, Ben and Jeri Halperin opened Augusta Restaurant in […]

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