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Takanami will become a Mexican restaurant

Iowa City sushi restaurant Takanami will become a Mexican restaurant, new owner Valentina Carrero announced Wednesday. The rebranded restaurant is set to open Aug. 2 in the same location at 219 Iowa Ave. “I have enjoyed meeting all the great and loyal customers but I have decided it is time for a change,” Carrero wrote […]

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Iowa City MasterChef to host public dinner this Saturday

MasterChef Matt and Cesar Tasting Event Kirkwood Culinary Kitchen at NewBo City Market — Saturday, July 21 at 5 p.m. Iowa City-based MasterChef contestant Matt Houck has a collaborative dinner planned for this weekend at the Kirkwood Culinary Kitchen in Cedar Rapids’ NewBo City Market. The intimate eight course dinner was developed with the help […]

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Iowa City’s Pizza Ranch will move to the Gateway One Plaza (Updated)

Pizza Ranch is headed south. The buffet-style restaurant will be moving from its current location in Iowa City Marketplace (formerly known as Sycamore Mall) to Gateway One Plaza, Pizza Ranch’s corporate office confirmed to Little Village. […]

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LV Recommends: International fare for RAGBRAI visitors in Iowa City

For the first time in over 40 years, Iowa City is hosting bicyclists and their entourages from all 50 states and a multitude of countries for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa — better known as RAGBRAI. In celebration of our international guests, we’ve put together this guide to eating cross-continentally in our […]

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High Ground Cafe opens new coffee spot in Coralville

Wesley Ward, owner of The High Ground Cafe (301 E Market St, Iowa City, and 925 E 2nd Ave, Coralville) has opened a third area location. The newest High Ground Cafe, which occupies the former Cafe La La at 1150 Fifth St, Suite 130, Coralville, was purchased earlier this spring. Ward was approached by the […]

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New owner of Takanami might be Iowa City’s youngest restaurateur

Recent University of Iowa graduate, Valentina Carrero, 22, is Iowa City’s newest — and maybe youngest — restaurateur. Just after graduation ceremonies wrapped, Carrero inked the deal with Etre Restaurant Group to purchase downtown Iowa City sushi restaurant, Takanami. The recent Iowa alum figured she would be a social worker after she finished school in […]

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First axe-tossing, now frappuccinos: Gateway One Plaza is getting a Starbucks

Construction has begun on a Starbucks at Gateway One Plaza. It is the second new business this year for the strip mall at the corner of Highway 1 and Riverside Drive. Hatchet Jack’s, Iowa City’s first axe-tossing bar, is currently in the final stages of construction and will open soon. The new store will be […]

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Tickets for the 2018 Farm to Street Dinner go on sale this weekend (updated)

“It will probably sell out within an hour,” said Betsy Potter, director of operations for the Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD). The Farm to Street Dinner is hosted by ICDD, along with the City of Iowa City and Johnson County. […]

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Goosetown Café to open Wednesday morning

After two days of soft opening and months of preparation, Goosetown Café, brainchild of new restaurateur Peter Kessler, will open to the public for breakfast tomorrow at 7 a.m. “It’s been good to see the shared excitement over the past few days. Lots of our great neighbors have been by to support us,” Kessler told […]

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LV Recommends: Big’s Iowa Style BBQ & Brew Pub

Mount Vernon has a little-known gem of a restaurant, tucked just down the hill from Main Street: Big’s BBQ (124 2nd Ave NW). From the street, this stately manor would pass for a Cornell professor’s home. But inside waits a tidy little restaurant and brewery serving big flavor. Big’s delivers a surprising variety of delicious […]

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