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Grin N Goose serves holiday cheers

“We aren’t trying to be an upscale restaurant, but we also aren’t just a regular bar,” Grin N Goose co-owner Klein says. (Courtesy Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance)
“We aren’t trying to be an upscale restaurant, but we also aren’t just a regular bar,” Grin N Goose co-owner Klein says. (Courtesy Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance)
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The way the owners of Grin N Goose see it, their location is just right.

“We really try to cater to everyone. And

... We are very fortunate to have (Theatre Cedar Rapids), the Paramount, the U.S. Cellular Center with events going on all the time, said Brett Klein, who co-owns Grin N Goose with David Grawe. “Where we sit downtown, we are at the corner of everything.”

Grin N Goose opened just about two years ago in the former Zins space. They remodeled the space to reflect a rustic, relaxed farmhouse feel.

“We aren’t trying to be an upscale restaurant, but we also aren’t just a regular bar,” Klein added. “We are somewhere in between the two.”

Klein has been in the bar and restaurant business for nearly two decades, and fully expected the bar at Grin N Goose to be the main draw.

“Over the years, I’ve met a ton of people, and when David and I started this, we really thought it was going to be putting out drinks, but really our kitchen has done an excellent job ... .

“Our menu features options that Iowans really like, like burgers and sandwiches, things that won’t leave you hungry,” Klein said.

The cocktail menu changes seasonally.

“This summer, we did some Moscow mule and martini drinks that taste great in warm weather months. Now, we have a winter cocktail list that coincides with the holiday season and features a drink called Warm Apple Pie.”

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