Bike-themed restaurant ‘Ride’ opens today in Iowa City

Newest Iowa City restaurant as a bike theme. -- photo by Adam Burke
Ride opens early and features a number of hearty breakfast options. — photo by Adam Burke

Ride, Iowa City’s newest restaurant, opened for breakfast today.

The bike-themed restaurant is located at 630 Iowa Ave. in the space formerly occupied by Lou Henri’s — a location that has undergone significant change in recent months: The interior has been completely remodeled and now includes a full bar, as well as a new outdoor patio that will open in the spring.

The restaurant is a collaboration between Derek Perez (owner of Banditos and co-owner of Short’s East Side) and his brother, Kevin Perez (co-owner of Short’s, Short’s East Side and Stella), along with Tom “Roc” Kemmerer (co-owner of Short’s East Side).

For breakfast, along with some standards, Ride offers a number of vegetarian options including creole red beans with poached eggs and cheddar grits, and a veggie benedict with arugula, avocado and tomato. Additional menu highlights include a lamb burger, mushroom polenta and staples like the pork chop plate and bleu cheese burger.

And yes, there are cocktails. Options include the Johnson County Cooler (vodka, lime juice, muddled fresh cucumber and mint) and the Iowa Toddy (Short’s Whiskey, honey, fresh lemon juice and hot water).

“We’re very excited to open. It’s been a long process getting building renovated,” Kemmerer said. “A lot of people have been stopping by and they’re excited to have a neighborhood restaurant starting up again.”

Ride will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., but will be closed on Mondays for its first month of operation.

The outdoor dining area will open this spring. -- photo by Adam Burke
The outdoor dining area will open this spring. — photo by Adam Burke

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