Chew on This: Taboo Nightclub & Lounge planned for Cedar Rapids, Della Viti open in NewBo, Happy Dogs opens

The Jerk Wurst with grilled yellow squash and chips at Guild Wurst Tavern in Coralville on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. (St
The Jerk Wurst with grilled yellow squash and chips at Guild Wurst Tavern in Coralville on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

A new taboo nightclub to open in town, although it’s unclear what they will declare to be taboo. This and other restaurant news in this week’s Chew on This.

Taboo Nightclub & Lounge

A new bar is planned for the basement of the Sokol building that formerly housed Backpocket Pilot Pub, 415 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Taboo Nightclub & Lounge is now hiring staff and plans to open soon.

Della Viti

Wine bar Della Viti has reopened in a new location — at 329 12th Ave. SE, #104 — in the New Bohemia neighborhood of Cedar Rapids. The business, which features self-serve wine by the glass, along with other drinks, coffee and small plates, first opened at 203 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, in May 2017.

Owner Sarah Rivera said via email that she hopes more people will frequent the business in the new location.

“There were a number of things that went into our decision to relocate to NewBo, however, the main reason is people. There is always something going on in NewBo, and it has become the destination area of the city. There really seems to be a lack of foot traffic in downtown (especially First Avenue) in comparison to NewBo. We were at a point of trying a new location or closing our doors. We are really looking forward to this next adventure and being a part of a great neighborhood,” she said.

Happy Dogs & More

A new hot dog restaurant has opened in the former home of Bigg Daddy’s Dogs & More, 2201 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. Happy Dogs & More opened less than a month after Bigg Daddy’s closed.

The menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers, tenderloins, chicken wings, Cajun-seasoned steak fries, onion rings and more, as well as Sunday breakfast.

Guild Wurst Tavern

A Coralville brewery and brat-focused restaurant will change it’s focus to catering.

Guild Wurst Tavern, at 53 Second St., posted a statement on Facebook that as of Nov. 10 it would no longer be open for regular daily business. It will continue to serve brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays and will be open for business during many home sporting events. It also will offer an event space by reservation for groups, and will continue as a catering business.

“With this change we hope to find a sustainable place in the Coralville and Iowa City market to provide food, drink, game day, catering, event, and a group gathering space,” the post reads. “We are so thankful for all who have come through our doors and especially those who have returned over and over. Our goal to provide the best possible product to all customers remains the same, so we must continue to fine-tune and streamline our product ...”

Daniel and Kara Dickel and James Kinkade opened Guild Wurst in August 2017, with the affiliated Boot ’n Flute Brewery in the back of the restaurant opening shortly thereafter.

Sun Cafe & Zio Johno’s

Two Iowa City restaurants are moving. Zio Johno’s is temporarily closed for about three weeks, according to a Facebook post, as it moves from 953 S. Riverside Dr. to 342 Highway 1 W, next to Harbor Freight Tools (the former Paul’s Discount location).


The Riverside Drive location, meanwhile, will soon have a new tenant — Sun Cafe, which is moving from 1681 S. First Ave., in Iowa City. The Sun Cafe is a Vietnamese restaurant that features dishes like pho, bahn mi, spring rolls and com vit quay (roast duck on rice) and com tam suon bi (pork chop and shredded pork with broken rice.

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