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New restaurants and other changes on the local food scene in 2017

Fifteen restaurants — serving everything from burritos to bao — opened in the Iowa City area this year. Some were entirely new ventures, some belonged to local favorites that expanded (you no longer have to go downtown to get a pie shake). Taking a big step beyond its NewBo District coffee shop in Cedar Rapids, Brewhemia started distributing its nitro coffee throughout the corridor. And in Iowa City, a new, locally-owned food delivery was launched, to provide an alternative to big, national services like GrubHub. […]

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Iowa City barbeque restaurant expands to North Liberty

North Liberty residents have something extra to celebrate this holiday season. Last week, Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack opened its third location, and this time it’s in their neck of the woods. From the early days in 2005 at their flagship eastside Iowa City location, owners Jack Piper and James Adrian have expanded operations to include a downtown Iowa City spot opened in fall 2016, and now a North Liberty location. […]

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