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Chew on This: Java Creek Cafe moving, plus check out this Chinese street food breakfast menu

Yi Zhang, co-owner, talks about the options for malatang, a common type of Chinese street food, at JiangHu Asian Street Food in Iowa City on May. 3, 2018. He has opened a second restaurant, Lark & Owl, focused on Chinese breakfast street food dishes. (The Gazette)
Yi Zhang, co-owner, talks about the options for malatang, a common type of Chinese street food, at JiangHu Asian Street Food in Iowa City on May. 3, 2018. He has opened a second restaurant, Lark & Owl, focused on Chinese breakfast street food dishes. (The Gazette)

Java Creek Cafe

A coffee shop that has been in business for 15 years is moving.

Tina Bent has been owner of Java Creek Cafe the last two years. She said the coffee shop will relocate from it’s current location, 508 Boyson Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, to a smaller space at 37 Kirkwood Court SW, Cedar Rapids. The last day in the current location will be Saturday, and they don’t yet have a date set to reopen.

Bent said the move is in response to the growing amount of their business that comes from delivery, rather than customers sitting down in the restaurant. Java Creek works with MyTown Delivery and Uber Eats, and Bent said delivery has taken off recently.

“We just needed to downsize. This space is very large,” Bent said. “The new location is smaller, and we will focus on more catering and takeout and delivery ... Especially as wintertime approaches, we’ll definitely be doing more delivery.”

Lark & Owl

The co-owner of Chinese restaurant JiangHu Asian Street Food in Iowa City has a new venture. Yi Zhang announced the “soft opening” of Lark & Owl at 221 S. Gilbert St. on Aug. 18 on Facebook. The restaurant serves street food style Chinese breakfast dishes, with items like spicy crawfish, wonton soup, steamed cold noodles and Chinese crepes called jianbing.

When Zhang opened JiangHu Asian Street Food in 2018, the University of Iowa graduate told The Gazette he wanted to focus on food from China’s Shanxi province, which is where he is from, and that he hoped to introduce more Americans to the cuisine, as well as serve Iowa City’s Chinese student population.

Cheryl’s Flour Garden Bakery and Coffee Bar

Travelers on Highway 151 between Cedar Rapids and Dubuque have a new place to stop for a cup of coffee or a snack. Cheryl’s Flour Garden Bakery and Coffee Bar opened Aug. 17 at 126 First Ave. W in Cascade. The cafe features a coffee bar with a breakfast and lunch menu, plus baked goodies including gluten free and vegan cookie options.

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