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Openings, closings and wanderings: 2019 restaurant news in review

It was a turbulent year for many restaurants in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Two that opened in January — BeerBurger in downtown Iowa City and Linn Street Dive — closed before the end of summer. But BeerBurger still has its North Liberty location, and in December, Linn Street Dive became Marco’s Grilled Cheese. Melk […]

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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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As the Lincoln Cafe shuts down, a new restaurateur steps in

Rachel Sauter

When Matt Steigerwald decided to close the Lincoln Cafe, Mount Vernon native Rachel Sauter took the opportunity to pursue her own aspirations of owning a restaurant. Her close ties to the community and former jobs at area restaurants (including Augusta in Oxford and the Wine Bar in Mount Vernon), helped inform her decision to re-open […]

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