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Chew on This: Fix! coffee opens in Iowa City

Dumpling Darling owner, Lesley Triplett plates lamb dumplings served with pickled cucumbers and a sesame peanut sauce during the Top Chef Iowa City event at hotelVetro in Iowa City on Feb. 29, 2016. (The Gazette)
Dumpling Darling owner, Lesley Triplett plates lamb dumplings served with pickled cucumbers and a sesame peanut sauce during the Top Chef Iowa City event at hotelVetro in Iowa City on Feb. 29, 2016. (The Gazette)

A new restaurant also coming to Lindale Mall

Fix!

Downtown Iowa City has a new coffee shop. Fix! opened on the second floor of the newly opened Chauncey building, 404 E. College St., on Nov. 12. Owner Monica Moen said Fix! is “an espresso cafe with a limited amount of pastries. It’s a very, I think, relaxed setting, and lots of light, where some people have come and spent a few hours.”

For now, hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Moen said plans for the Chauncey are to add a restaurant and bowling alley, and once those are in place Fix! would be open for additional hours.

The Boulder Tap House

A new restaurant is slated to open in the former Beck’s space in Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Becky Eckley, the mall’s general manager, said the Boulder Tap House is set to open in March. The restaurant is a regional chain with locations in Iowa and Minnesota and serves pub fare such as wings, burgers and taco platters.

BT Gin Eatery

The owners of Sports Column are planning a new restaurant in North Liberty.

Bill Bryce and Todd Barnes, who have owned the downtown Iowa City bar for the last 10 years, submitted plans to the North Liberty Planning and Zoning Commission on Nov. 5. The plans were recommended for approval to the North Liberty City Council.

The plans call for a new, 4,400-square-foot building with a 3,000 square foot patio, at the corner of Forevergreen Road and Jordan Street.

“It will be a family restaurant, and the focus will be on comfort food,” Bryce told The Gazette.

He said he plans to serve things like hand-breaded chicken tenders and specialty cocktails in a space with Prohibition-era inspired decor. The name, BT Gin Eatery, is a play off both speak-easy “bath tub gin” and their two first initials.

They hope to break ground yet this year, if weather cooperates, with an aim of opening next spring or summer.

This is their first venture outside of Sports Column.

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“Both of us live in Coralville. It’s the time for us to bring something to the community we live in,” Bryce said.

Dumpling Darling

A restaurant that got its start in the Corridor and expanded to Des Moines will no longer be available in the capitol. Dumpling Darling announced on Facebook it will close it’s Des Moines location at the end of the month:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Dumpling Darling Des Moines will be closing at the end of the month. Our last day will be Tuesday, November 26. Thank you to our customers and friends who have loved and supported us, who have eaten your weight in dumplings, who have posted up at the bar and told us your stories, who have celebrated birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries with us, and who have come in and dared to try something new and brought so much joy and positive energy into our space. We would be so grateful to have one last chance to serve you and say goodbye. This is incredibly difficult for the entire dumpling family and if there is one thing you can do for us, it’s this. When you go out to eat, go to your favorite local restaurants and go there often. Thanks for the memories Des Moines.”

The Iowa City location, which opened in March 2017, remains open. The restaurant, owned by Leslie and Brian Triplett, serves Asian-inspired dished like dumplings, bao buns and fried rice. They previously had a location inside NewBo City Market.

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