Chew on This: Villas Patio reopens in Marion, The Bohemian restaurant gets closer to completion in NewBo

The Maytk Building, 1029 Third St. SE, in southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Building owner Mich
The Maytk Building, 1029 Third St. SE, in southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Building owner Michael Richards plans to convert the 1893 building, and the more contemporary building next to it, into a restaurant, music venue and art gallery. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Villas Patio

Several months after a fire shut it down, Villas Patio has reopened in Marion.

Though the fire on June 29, 2019, was contained to the kitchen, the Mexican restaurant, at 433 Seventh Ave., had to undergo a complete remodel due to smoke damage.

The renovations included updating the kitchen and making improvements to the exterior of the building.

“We were able to expand the dining room and patio room, customers will notice a more modern, cleaner look to the interior,” owner Andres Torres said in a news release. “It’s the same great menu with a few new food and drink items.”

The restaurant first opened in Marion in 2004.

The Bohemian

A new restaurant in the works in the New Bohemia neighborhood is getting closer to completion.

Signs have gone up outside The Bohemian, which Michael and Lynette Richards are hoping to open at 1029 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids, this summer.

The couple purchased the historic Maytk Building in 2000 and have hosted youth activities and private events there, as they’ve slowly renovated the building, which was first built in 1893. Part of that renovation has included adding a retractable sunroom dining area on the roof.


“It’s a complex project,” Michael Richards said. “All the really challenging retrofitting of the building is done. We did a complete rewiring, new HVAC, new plumbing; all the complex build out is done ... We’re now perhaps two or three months away from having it completed. We see this as a long term legacy project, we’re not in any rush.”

He said the renovations have been a family affair, with their children and grandchildren helping out. They plan to open a restaurant and music and arts venue in the space to reflect their dedication to the neighborhood, where they’ve both served on the board of the Oakhill Jackson Neighborhood Association, among other things.

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