Chew on This: Brewed Awakenings for sale; Gumption, Della Viti close

Brewed Awakenings coffee shop located on First Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids is seen with for sale signs in the windows on M
Brewed Awakenings coffee shop located on First Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids is seen with for sale signs in the windows on May 10. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Brewed Awakenings

Brewed Awakenings Coffeehouse is for sale, according to signs posted on the building.

The longtime coffee shop and deli, at 1271 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, closed when Iowa restaurants were ordered shut to dine-in customers due to the coronavirus March 17.

Larry and Junetta Janda bought the coffee shop, across the street from Coe College, about eight years ago. It had several owners before them.

Larry Janda did not respond to an email asking for comment Tuesday.

“Thank you EVERYONE for all of your love and support over the years! We love you and we appreciate you!” a Facebook post by the business said March 27.


Gumption, a breakfast-focused restaurant at 560 Boyson Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, has closed.

Steven and Makenzie Schultz opened the cafe in 2017. After the statewide restaurant closure order, they offered carryout for a few days before completely shutting their doors March 24, citing loss of income and health concerns for their family, which includes a high risk person.

“The decision to close permanently was based on many factors and it ultimately came down to what was best for us from a financial standpoint,” the family wrote in a Facebook post from Monday.

Della Viti

A wine bar that moved into a new space in the NewBo neighborhood a few months ago has closed for good.

Della Viti, at 329 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, offered self-service wine pours, coffee and small plate snacks. Sarah and Scott Rivera opened its original location on First Avenue SE in 2017.


“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Della Viti Cedar Rapids will permanently close. Many thanks to our customers, friends, and family for your support over the past 3 years, we will miss your good company,” a Facebook post by the business said on May 11.

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