Yacht Club’s ‘Upper Deck’ to celebrate grand opening with free grilled cheese

The Yacht Club
There will be so much cheese, you won’t know what to do with yourself. — photo by Adam Burke

Following an early April soft launch, the Iowa City Yacht Club celebrates the addition of a grilled cheese menu to its street-level bar, the Upper Deck, this Friday.

Upper Deck’s grand opening event will offer visitors free grilled cheese sandwiches (with the purchase of a drink) between the hours of noon to 1 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m.

The menu includes sandwiches cleverly named after legendary musical artists. Grilled cheese purists may want to try the “Jim Morrison,” while those looking for a little more flair might go for the “Jerry Garcia,” made with smoked beef brisket, horseradish cheddar cheese and garlic aioli on sourdough. The “Lynyrd Skynyrd” brings the great tastes of pulled pork and cheddar cheese together with homemade BBQ sauce. The “Kenny Loggins” — a bacon and tomato sandwich with mayo that comes with a cup of homemade tomato soup — rounds out the menu.

Owner Scott Kading believes Upper Deck’s street-level presence and extended hours (11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily) will draw more daytime traffic to his establishment. The new venue will also offer nighttime patrons a space to enjoy a simple meal and a drink if they are not attending a show on the lower level. And, when the music’s done, folks can line up for a quick sandwich before heading to after hours.

In addition to the sandwich menu, Upper Deck has a variety of beers on tap including Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Peace Tree Blond Fatale, Angry Orchard Cider and New Belgium Summer Helles along with other spirits.

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