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Chew on this: Bourbon Creek closed, Crab Attack Cajun Seafood Shack coming soon and more restaurant news

Vermicelli Noodle with spicy beef and pork noodle served with a side of thin sliced onion, green onion, cilantro, and bean sprouts at Saigon’s Corner in Coralville on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Vermicelli Noodle with spicy beef and pork noodle served with a side of thin sliced onion, green onion, cilantro, and bean sprouts at Saigon’s Corner in Coralville on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

See what’s up with restaurant news in Eastern Iowa this week.

Marco’s Grilled Cheese

The former location of Iowa City restaurant Devotay will become a Marco’s Grilled Cheese.

Jade and Mark Paterno purchased Devotay in 2018 from longtime owners Kurt and Kim Friese. They ran it as Devotay for about a year before reopening the space at 117 N. Linn St., Iowa City, as Linn Street Dive in January this year. An incident of vandalism in May led them to close soon after, and the space has been closed since then.

On Sept. 26, a Facebook post announced the new plan to open Marco’s Grilled Cheese in the spot, beginning Nov. 1. The Paterno’s also own the longtime Iowa City Ped Mall food cart. The menu at the brick-and-mortar version of Marco’s will include the food cart menu, along with an expanded list of street food items. The business will offer counter service for dine-in and carryout customers and will not serve alcohol. The hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Crab Attack Cajun Seafood Shack

A new seafood restaurant is taking over the space vacated by Daisy’s Garage.

Crab Attack Cajun Seafood Shack plans to open in November at 1117 First Ave. SE, according to a Facebook post.

Daisy’s Garage, which moved to 5240 Edgewood Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, specialized in seafood boils, and the new restaurant also will feature seafood boils.

Bourbon Creek Smokehouse

Bourbon Creek Smokehouse closed abruptly Sept. 30.

“We want to thank everyone for the support and business over the last year. We regret to inform you that as of today, Bourbon Creek Smokehouse is officially closed,” a Facebook post on read Monday.

The barbecue-focused restaurant opened in November 2018 at 411 First St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Partners in the business were Phil Pankey, who also owns Riley’s Cafe and Butcher Block Steakhouse, and Matt Blake, who owned Dublin City Pub in the space next door until that bar closed in March.

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When Bourbon Creek opened, the owners hired former Tomaso’s Pizza owner Tom Carfrae to smoke meat for them, but he said he was let go in March.

Saigon’s Corner

Vietnamese restaurant Saigon’s Corner has closed in Coralville but remains open in downtown Iowa City.

Owner Tyler Phan first opened the restaurant, which serves up steaming bowls of pho, in July 2018 at 2301 Second St., Coralville. On Sept. 27 he announced he was closing that location but would remain open inside the Old Capitol Town Center, 201 S. Clinton St., Iowa City, where Saigon’s Corner opened Feb. 3. Along with dining in, Saigon’s Corner offers carryout and free delivery within two miles of the mall.

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