Chew on This: Goldfinch Tap opens, plus Bari Italian and Whiskey River Grill coming soon

A customer stands at the counter at Osgood's, 210 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids on May 14, 2018. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazett
A customer stands at the counter at Osgood’s, 210 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids on May 14, 2018. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

The latest news from Eastern Iowa’s eateries.

Goldfinch Tap + Eatery

Marion’s newest restaurant, Goldfinch Tap + Eatery, has opened at 740 10th St.

Goldfinch is open 3 to 9:30 p.m. every day this week, with plans to add lunch and brunch in the future.

Managing partner Andi Sofrank and executive chef Brandon Banaszek are serving “Iowa-focused food,” with appetizers like cheese curds, soup and salads, entrees like pan roasted chicken with gnocchi and roasted mushroom ragout, and pub fare like burgers and pork tenderloins, plus signature cocktails including a variety of Moscow mules.

Bari Italian

Kingston Village in Cedar Rapids will soon have a new Italian restaurant. Hobart Historic Restoration is preparing space in the Metropolitan building, 450 First St. SW, for a restaurant with executive chef Marcello Florio of Pescara, Italy, whose formal culinary education was in the Abruzzo area of Italy.

Owner B.J. Hobart told the Gazette in an email the eatery will feature “modern Italian cuisine with an extensive, approachable wine list in a contemporary and casual dining room and lounge.”

Whiskey River Grill

Palo is getting a new restaurant. Whiskey River Grill is set to open in early October at 2882 Palo Marsh Rd.

Their Facebook page promises, “a modern, rustic-styled restaurant,” next to the river. The menu will include entrees like ribeye steak and pistachio-crusted salmon, burgers, pizza, pasta dishes, and more.

Pizza Ranch

A new Pizza Ranch is coming to Marion. The restaurant will be at 6053 Carlson Way, part of mixed-use development Squaw Creek Crossing. The 7,600 square foot space will have seating for 234 people and include a FunZone Arcade and four part rooms. The company plans to hire 80 to 90 staff members, according to a news release, with construction anticipated to be finished in spring 2020.

The restaurant will be operated by Brandon Pratt of Lion Development Group, which owns seven Pizza Ranch locations in Iowa and Illinois. Lion Development Group is also expanding their location at 2450 Westdale Dr. SW, Cedar Rapids, to include a FunZone Arcade.


Osgood’s, which opened as a bagel shop in downtown Cedar Rapids in May 2018, is making a major change; beginning Sept. 27, bagels will no longer be on the menu.

Bruce and Sandy Ford opened the cafe in the Armstrong Building food court at 210 Third Ave. SE. Bruce Ford said the decision came down to economics.


“On the bagel side, we have developed a loyal following, but sales never reached the aniticipated level,” he said. “We wanted time to focus on lunchtime offerings and grow the catering side of the business.”

He said their sandwiches will now be offered on ciabatta bread or pretzel buns instead of bagels. In October they will add new items to the menu, including breakfast pizza and wraps.

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