Chew on This: Salt Fork Kitchen is closed, Sid's Scoops is closing

Salt Fork Kitchen in Solon has closed after seven years. (Southeast Iowa Union)
Salt Fork Kitchen in Solon has closed after seven years. (Southeast Iowa Union)

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Salt Fork Kitchen

Salt Fork Kitchen, a farm-to-table breakfast and lunch-focused restaurant at 112 E. Main St. in Solon, has closed.

The restaurant had been operating as carryout during the coronavirus shutdown, and at the beginning of July the owners announced on Facebook they were closing for a summer break. On July 19 they posted they would not reopen.

“Dear Friends of The Kitchen, Salt Fork Kitchen has decided to retire. We are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of your lives over the last seven years. To our regular customers: You are more than just patrons to me. You are all part of the restaurant family. I want to express how humbled and thankful I have become over the years by the appreciation and connection we share with one another. You have done more for me than you will ever know,” the message said, signed JWS for chef Jay Scworn.

The restaurant was affiliated with Salt Fork Farms and served food made with fresh, local ingredients, many grown at the Solon farm.

Sid’s Scoops

An ice cream spot, Sid’s Scoops, 117 N. Devoe St., in Lone Tree, will close, with Labor Day it’s last day of business.

“This has been a difficult decision for me to make — as I have treasured every day at the shop. I look forward to spending extra time with my family and being able to visit Lone Tree ‘off the clock.’ We will continue to provide fun ‘flavors’ of ice cream, adding sundaes, banana splits and more throughout the remainder of the summer. Thank you so much to all my dedicated customers who have been here from the beginning and those who have joined along the way …. I genuinely appreciate each one of you,” owner Sid Mills wrote in a Facebook post.

The cafe opened in 2018 and served “Sid’s Just Made Right” sandwiches, nachos, walking tacos and other food along with ice cream.

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