Dining August 03, 2021
There’s A Restaurant In This Stable Built In 1925 In Iowa And You’ll Want To Visit
Don’t you just love old Iowa barns? And as practical as they are for farmers, there are a few around the state that have been transformed into something even more attractive and enjoyable for all, including Barn Happy, a one-hundred-year-old barn in Cedar Falls.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
It's not hard to find a lunch spot in Cedar Falls, Iowa - but only one lunch spot serves up its food in a barn built in 1925.
At Barn Happy on the outskirts of town, you will get a warm welcome and a warm meal.
The standard menu offers locally made soup, sandwiches, and quiche, with additional options for special occasions.
There's also a mouth-watering array of desserts. A coffee and drink bar is always available to pair with a pastry even if you don't need lunch.
The hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
The goodness inside Barn Happy doesn’t stop with the dining; the spacious barn also houses a large country store featuring Iowa-themed and made fine arts and crafts.
"Uniquely Iowan" is the motif, and these wares make great gifts or souvenirs.
The outside of this stunning white barn is quintessentially heartland. The view is of the open sky and rolling hills that feel so homey to many Iowans.
As you stroll through the store or sit and dine, you might not realize that only two decades ago there were cows and a fully functioning dairy occupying this space. One of the goals of the owners is to preserve the agricultural heritage of the property rather than converting it to housing, and that vision has made this barn and barnyard accessible to so many.
While the barn takes center stage, a barn corn crib building next door is used for events. Some events are public events such as learning how to make floral arrangements; others reserve this space for a wedding reception or birthday party.
Next time you are hungry for a late breakfast or lunch in Cedar Falls take a quick drive to the countryside and get a slice of Iowa at Barn Happy!
To learn more, visit Barn Happy’s
website or Facebook page. Have you ever eaten or shopped at Barn Happy? Did you even know it was here, perched on the edge of town? And Barn Happy isn’t even the only store-inside-a-barn in Iowa… Address: Barn Happy, 11310 University Ave, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, USA