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Takanami reopens as a reinvented El Patrón, shortly after the original El Patrón shuts its doors

A little over a month after purchasing Takanami and less than two weeks after announcing the Japanese fusion restaurant would become a taco and tequila joint, owner Valentina Carrero unveiled her restaurant’s new name — and it sounded familiar. The space at 219 Iowa Ave is the new home of El Patrón, a recycling of […]

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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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Metamorphoses: Givanni’s to become El Patrón Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar

When the Etre Restaurant Group closed the doors of Givanni’s Italian-American in the Ped Mall, it was unclear what the future would entail for the space. Though rumors abounded, all mysteries were dispelled this week when the former Givanni’s space displayed a sign for El Patrón Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar. An official website has […]

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Givanni’s owners say they may reopen in current space

Changes may be coming to Givanni’s. Rumors earlier this week suggested that the Italian-American Ped Mall mainstay may be closing or replaced by another restaurant altogether. Though details are still in flux, Jason Alt, business manager at Etre Restaurant Group (which owns Givanni’s), confirms that a shakeup may be in the restaurant’s future. In an […]

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