Chew on this: Two new cafes opening in Czech Village, Short's coming to Marion, Sparti's closing

A Dundee hamburger and fries at Shorts Burger & Shine in Iowa City, Iowa, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The
A Dundee hamburger and fries at Shorts Burger & Shine in Iowa City, Iowa, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Cafe Saint Pio and Lost & Found

Czech Village will soon have two new restaurants.

Brad Danielson, a former co-owner of Brewhemia, is opening Cafe Saint Pio at the corner of 16th Avenue SW and C Street SW. He said he is waiting for inspections and last touches on construction before opening, but hopes to be open sometime in the next two weeks.

“We’re what’s known as a third wave coffee shop, similar to Dash, Lightworks or Brewhemia,” he said in an email. “It will have light fare breakfast, lunch and pastries, and of course amazing coffee.”

Just down the road, at 69 16th Ave. SW, exterior signs are up for Lost & Found Provisions and Spirits. First announced more than a year ago, the project by former Bata’s owner Joel Kane seems close to completion. They are currently hiring, according to their Facebook page, which describes the concept as “Serving thoughtfully sourced charbroiled burgers and comfort foods and unique craft cocktails.”

Short’s Burger & Shine

Iowa City burger establishment Short’s Burger & Shine is expanding into Marion. The restaurant announced they plan to open at 780 11th St. in summer 2019. The restaurant, with two current locations at 18 S. Clinton St. and 521 Westburty Dr. in Iowa City, is known for its selection of burgers with a wide variety of topping combinations.

Sparti’s Gyros

Coralville eatery Sparti’s Gyros is closing. The restaurant, at 61 Second St., posted on Facebook that after 10 years in business, they decided not to renew their lease and will close May 24 or when they run out of food.

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