Local Pour Street Food is small on purpose

Bartender Kyle Hermanson pours the “Whoo” Girl, meant to be shared, into a frozen pineapple at Local Pour Street Food in Cedar Rapids this past March. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Bartender Kyle Hermanson pours the “Whoo” Girl, meant to be shared, into a frozen pineapple at Local Pour Street Food in Cedar Rapids this past March. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
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Tim Kindl and Justin Zehr knew that if they were going to open a new restaurant in Cedar Rapids, they’d have to find their niche. As owners of Local Pour Street Food, they believe they have done just that.

“We wanted to hit the market we thought was underserved, so that’s why we brought in street food and tiki cocktails,” Kindl said. “We knew there were cool menu items we could offer that really nobody else in town was serving to help make this unique.”

He said the menu is small on purpose, and that quality and freshness remain the top priority.

“Our two most popular items are our gyro and our street tacos, which are my favorite,” he said.

The former home of longtime bar and grill City Beat, Local Pour now has a whole new look and atmosphere as well.

“I tore down a barn and a lot of things you see in our restaurant are repurposed from there,” Kindl noted.

There also is scrap wood from garages, custom, handmade light fixtures by Lanham Electric, booths from a church, and each table is handcrafted.

The restaurant opened in March of this year and Kindl said he and his staff are excited.

“It’s all about timing. Kingston” — Village, where Local Pour is located — “is going to be developed and we see all that is going to happen in this neighborhood,” he said.

The name, he said, was derived from his and Zehr’s roots.

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“It’s not that we just serve local things. We are local people, born and raised in Cedar Rapids,” Kindl said.

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