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Sparti’s Gyros is closing

Just shy of their 10th anniversary, Sparti’s Gyros will close its doors for good on May 24 (or as soon as it runs out of food supplies). The restaurant, located at 61 2nd St in Coralville, opened on June 1, 2009. Owner and manager Keith Brophy had just graduated from the University of Iowa and missed the meals of his Chicago-area upbringing. “Italian beef, gyros and Chicago dogs were definitely staples of my diet growing up,” he said […]

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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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LV Recommends: Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

“Finally” seems to be the most frequently expressed response to the recent opening of Nile, an Ethiopian restaurant just off the Coralville strip. Finally Iowa City transplants who once hailed from big cities rich with international food scenes can reconnect with a long-lost comfort food. Finally Eastern Iowa natives, young and old, can again enjoy a lesser-known cuisine without a long drive — or trial-and-error in one’s own kitchen. […]

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Marquee Pizzeria and Bar brings Italian flavors and late-night hours to Iowa River Landing

Marquee Pizzeria & Bar brings a “Brooklyn meets Little Italy” atmosphere, communal dining and brick oven pizza to the Iowa River Landing this fall. From their tables, guests will watch Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizzas crisp in the brick oven, which is on its way to Coralville from Medina, Italy. There will be 10-12 pizzas on the […]

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Beyond the buffet: Hy-Vee launches full service restaurants

Hy-Vee Market Cafe

If you’ve visited the Waterfront or East Side Hy-Vees recently, you may have noticed some changes in the stores’ dining areas. The grocery chain’s cafeteria-style dining has given way to the newly opened Hy-Vee Market Cafes — full-service, sit-down restaurants with servers, bartenders and a kitchen located in the back of house. Hy-Vee decided to […]

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