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Chew on This: Marco's Grilled Cheese opens brick-and-mortar in Iowa City, Rawlicious reopens in Cedar Rapids

Customers get their food at the Tacos Don Diego food truck at the MERF complex at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, I
Customers get their food at the Tacos Don Diego food truck at the MERF complex at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, on Thursday, June 16, 2016. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Food truck grilled cheese goes brick-and-mortar, Rawlicious reopens, and more.

Marco’s Grilled Cheese

Marco’s Grilled Cheese is open in Iowa City.

The eatery, at 117 N. Linn St., is a brick-and-mortar version of a Ped Mall food cart of the same name. Owners Jade and Mark Paterno plan to serve an expanded menu of street food items, with counter service and carryout.

Mark Paterno and Pete Johnson first opened the grilled cheese cart in 2000 and have since also purchased two additional food carts, George’s Best Gyros and Paco’s Tacos.

The new restaurant is in the space that was formerly Devotay, with the Paternos purchased in 2018. They ran it as Devotay for about a year before reopening as Linn Street Dive in January, which was only open for a short time before an incident of vandalism in May led them to close.

Rawlicious

Four months after closing, NewBo neighborhood cafe Rawlicious is reopening at 1101 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids.

The business had closed at the end of July when their lease in the same location was up. They had shared the space with Frond Design Studios (previously called DelveMIY), which had planned to take over the whole storefront. Now, however, Frond is relocating and Rawlicious is moving back in. Owner Jessica LaFayette said they will occupy the entire storefront, and expand their offering with breakfast items and a full coffee bar.

The entire menu at Rawlicious is gluten-free and vegan, and much of it is prepared with no heat or very low heat. However, since she first opened, LaFayette said she has expanded the menu to include some heated items, such as hot soups and the coffee, which will be served with only non-dairy milk.

Tacos Don Diego

A Corridor taco truck is expanding into the coffee and breakfast world with plans for a second truck.

Diego Rivera, owner of Tacos Don Diego, said construction is underway for a truck that his nephew and business partner Victor Buendia will run. Rivera hopes the still unnamed truck will be ready to roll throughout the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area in March.

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He said the truck will have an espresso machine and be a full service coffee shop, with breakfast burritos in the morning and panini sandwiches at lunch.

We’re finishing up our third year (with Tacos Don Diego), and things are going really well,” he said. “We have a pretty high demand for the tacos, and we wanted to try something a little different. So we wanted to try this route.”

WineStyles Iowa River Landing

After five years in business at Iowa River Landing, WineStyles in Coralville is growing.

In the new year, the wine bar and store at 920 E. Second Ave., Suite 115, will expand into an adjacent empty space, which is about 900 square feet, and use the as an events area and party room.

Owner Jeff McGinness said with space for an additional 60 to 70 people, the addition will allow more people to attend the educational events and wine tastings the shop frequently hosts. It can also be used for private events.

McGinness said business in Iowa River Landing has grown slowly but steadily since they opened.

“It’s taken a while to get going, but there’s continued growth out here,” he said. “We’ve renewed our lease for five years and have an option for another five years after that.”

McDonald’s

A Cedar Rapids McDonald’s at 5725 Dry Creek Lane is celebrating a remodel that included the addition of self-serve kiosks, electronic tablets and table service for dine-in orders and more changes. On Saturday (12/14), they will host a grand reopening party with free bingo throughout the day and a kids party from 1 to 3 p.m. The location is part of the O’Brien Family group of McDonald’s, which includes 23 locations in Iowa, including three in Cedar Rapids as well as Coralville, Iowa City, Marion, North Liberty and elsewhere.

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