Chew on This: Della Viti moving, Taco Depot 2 coming soon, Wilson's releasing hard seltzers

Wines are arranged from sweet to dry at Della Viti Wine Lounge, 203 First Avenue SE, in southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on
Wines are arranged from sweet to dry at Della Viti Wine Lounge, 203 First Avenue SE, in southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The unique concept features 40 handpicked wines that customers and try by the taste, half pour or full pour as well as by the bottle. The lounge also serves craft beers and fine spirits like Bourbons and Scotch. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

What’s the haps with dining in Eastern Iowa this week? We’ll fill you in.

Della Viti

Wine bar Della Viti is moving from downtown Cedar Rapids to the NewBo neighborhood. The shop has closed it’s location at 203 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, and is in the process of building out space at 329 12th Ave. SE #104, in the NewBo neighborhood. The space is in one of several new construction mixed use buildings to go up in the neighborhood in recent years, behind the building that houses Caucho and Brewhemia.

Sarah and Scott Rivera opened Della Viti in May 2017. The bar features self-service wine pours as well as small plate snacks, whiskey and other drinks and coffee and espresso.

The Taco Depot 2

The Taco Depot still is relatively new to the Cedar Rapids restaurant scene but is ready to expand. The original Taco Depot, 2665 Edgewood Parkway, Suite 104, opened in March with a menu of burritos, tacos, quesadillas, tortas and salads, as well as a full bar.

According to a Facebook post, Taco Depot 2 is in the works, with renovation underway at a former Long John Silver’s location at 3801 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.

And yes, they plan to keep the drive through.

Wilson’s Orchard

Hard seltzers and their popularity surge have been in the news this month after popular seltzer maker White Claw announced it is having trouble keeping up with demand and are limiting supply to continue serving all its markets.

Corridor seltzer fans need not fear a shortage, however, as an Iowa City producer is getting in on the action. Wilson’s Hard Cider, part of Wilson’s Orchard, announced on Facebook the company is in the process of canning their own line of hard seltzers, which will be available soon at area stores. Flavors will include peach, cherry, pineapple and blueberry and will compliment the brand’s existing lineup of hard ciders.

Oasis Falafel

Oasis Falafel is celebrating 15 years in business on Iowa City’s Northside this month with 15 days of donations to 15 Iowa City nonprofits.

The Mediterranean restaurant, which Naftaly Stramer and Ofer Sivan first opened in October 2004, will donate 15% of sales from Oct. 1 to 15. Beneficiaries are Field to Family Oct. 1, Emma Goldman Clinic Oct. 2, Riverside Theatre Oct. 3, Strengthen Grow Evolve Oct. 4, CommUnity Oct. 5, Table to Table Oct. 6, University of Iowa Dance Marathon Oct. 7, United Action for Youth Oct. 8, Kretzmeyer Fund of Young Musicians Oct. 9, Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition Oct. 10, IC Bruisers Junior Roller Derby Oct. 11, Summer of the Arts Oct. 12, Public Space One Oct. 13, Free Medical Clinic Oct. 14 and Horace Mann PTO Oct. 15.

Java House

Iowa City coffee shop mainstay Java House is opening a North Liberty location.

Plans call for Java House to open this fall at 555 Highway 965 S in Quail Creek Plaza, with coffee alongside a modified Heirloom Salad Co. food menu.


The location previously housed Corridor Coffee Co., which announced in June it would close, writing on Facebook that its landlord had opted not to extend its lease.

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