Chew on This: New Breakfast Restaurant in Hiawatha, Barrel House in Downtown Cedar Rapids


Phong Lan reopens dining facility in downtown Cedar Rapids

La Cantina Bar & Grill’s former location at First Avenue East and Second Street Southeast in downtown Cedar Rapids will soon be home to Barrel House. The small eastern Iowa chain is also rooting in Marion. (Photo courtesy of GLD Commercial Real Estate)

Breakfast Bar by Saucy Focaccia opens Wednesday, June 9 at 1950 Blairs Ferry Rd., Suite 116, Hiawatha.

The new establishment, from the owners of two Saucy Focaccia restaurants in Cedar Rapids, joins another new restaurant at the Peck’s Landing development in Hiawatha. Paradise Indian Grill also moved there from Cedar Rapids on April 30.

The new breakfast restaurant’s menu includes an assortment of pancake and waffle options like sweet creme pancakes and fried French toast, Eggs Benedict options like Pork Belly and Rib-eye Breakfast Steak, and breakfast sandwiches. The mimosa menu includes varieties of cocktails like caramel apple, orange cream and peach.

The hours listed on the door were 7am-2pm for dining and 6am-1pm for drive-thru.

Phong Lan reopens its dining room

Phong Lan reopened its dining hall on June 1 after a long period of transportation only during the pandemic.

The Vietnamese restaurant offers a variety of popular Southeast Asian dishes, including its popular pho and spring rolls, at 216 Eighth St. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Phong Lan is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Barrel House comes to downtown Cedar Rapids

Less than two months after announcing a new Marion location, Barrel House has announced plans for a location in downtown Cedar Rapids, which will open in October.

“The upscale corner of First Avenue East and Second Street SE will be revived with traditional tavern flair, specialty cocktails and an exceptional selection of local beers on tap,” GLD Commercial Real Estate said in a press release.

The new location will occupy the 3,500 square foot space formerly occupied by La Cantina Bar & Grill.

Barrel House founder Jimmy Holt said he recognizes the effect of COVID-19 on downtown Cedar Rapids and the lack of dining options.

“We saw an opportunity to be at the forefront of the recovery and hope others will follow,” Holt said.

The Marion store will open this summer. Barrel House has locations in Davenport, Dubuque and Moline, Illinois.

Comments: Contact reporter Elijah Decious at (319) 398-8340 and [email protected]

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