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Photo Gallery: Pullman, The Webster among the winners at Top Chef: Downtown Iowa City 2022

Top Chef: Downtown Iowa City returned Monday night as 26 local restaurants competed for Best Entrée, Best Dessert and Best Mixology. The event was back in-person after last year’s at-home experience, and tickets were completely sold out. The Iowa City […]

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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 […]

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The Dandy Lion hosts soft opening this weekend

The Dandy Lion, the Ped Mall’s newest dining establishment, will host a soft-opening this weekend. In preparation for their imminent grand opening, partners Lindsay Chastain and Tommy Connolly will open the doors both tonight and Saturday evening for curious customers looking to beat the heat of this weekend’s Iowa Arts Festival […]

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Local optometrist Matt Houck prepares for his ‘MasterChef’ debut

Iowa City resident Matthew Houck is ready for battle. Next week, he’ll go head-to-head with home chefs from across the country competing for a coveted white apron on FOX’s MasterChef.

Houck, an amateur chef and optometrist at McDonald Optical in Iowa City, applied for a spot on the food-focused reality show last October. A long drive to Nashville for an initial audition required Houcks to prepare a signature dish for a group of judges. […]

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Deluxe Cakes and Pastries set to re-open Tuesday

If you’re a regular at this charming Longfellow neighborhood bakery, you’ve likely noticed some subtle changes both inside and out over the last year. After being closed for almost three weeks for the final phase of renovation, Deluxe Cakes and Pastries is set to reopen today with a fresh interior and plans in motion to launch expanded offerings. […]

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