Iowa October 10, 2018
9 Repurposed Restaurants In Iowa Where The Atmosphere Is As Great As The Food
In order to be a good restaurant, you’ve got to serve good food. In order to be a GREAT restaurant, you’ve got to serve good food in a great atmosphere. The following repurposed restaurants in Iowa have taken historic buildings and turned them into some of the best little dining spots in the Midwest. Check them out!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Ladora Bank Bistro
Editor's Note: Ladora Bank Bistro has permanently closed.
Ladora Bank Bistro was named "Best Small Town Restaurant In Iowa", and it's easy to see why. Located in the tiny town of Ladora (population: 300), this former bank is the perfect backdrop to an elegant bistro. You'll love their charcuterie, seafood, steaks, pastas, and more. Address: 811 Pacific St., Ladora, IA 52251
2. The Filling Station, Davneport
This lively gas-station themed Filling Station Pub serves up big, hearty meals, delicious bar snacks, and has a great beer list. You'll love dining here again and again.
Address: 305 E 35th St., Davenport, IA 52806
3. Iowa River Power Restaurant, Coralville
Iowa River Power Restaurant is a converted power plant that's now known for amazing views, mouthwatering prime rib, and a filling Sunday Brunch. Visit today to enjoy the crisp fall weather.
Address: 501 1st Ave., Coralville, IA 52241
4. Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, Bellevue
Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ is a great spot to catch live music along the River. This repurposed Mill is now home to some of the best BBQ and cajun food you'll find in the Hawkeye State.
Address: 300 Potter Dr., Bellevue, IA 52031
5. The General Store Pub, Stone City
The General Store Pub is a famous Grant Woods painting location that's turned from a small market into a delicious bar and grill. Try their wapsi shrimp or pig out with a large tackle box appetizer. You'll love the atmosphere and the view!
Address: 12612 Stone City Rd., Anamosa, IA 52205
6. Malo, Des Moines
Malo is part of the Des Moines Social Club, which repurposed a famous Art Deco firehouse in Des Moines into a gorgeous community center. This lively Latin restaurant is the best place for happy hour in the city.
Address: 900 Mulberry St., Des Moines, IA 50309
7. Teddy's Barn and Grill, Anamosa
Teddy's is an old repurposed barn that's turned into one of rural Iowa's finest steakhouses. Enjoy their fresh seafood or tasty prime rib after making the drive out here, and dining in the hay loft.
Address: 14575 E23 County Home Rd., Anamosa, IA 52205
8. Elkader Jailhouse Inn
The Elkader Jailhouse Inn is one of Iowa's most unique bed and breakfasts! Enjoy a homemade meal in the Cell Block after your stay in the county's former jail. You could also enjoy a beer and some table games at the Cell Block for a rowdier experience.
Address: 601 E Bridge St., Elkader, IA 52043
9. Candyland Station, Grinnell
Editor's Note: Candyland is currently closed.
Candyland Station is a former car service station, repurposed into an old fashioned soda fountain! Enjoy an order of their homemade chili before chowing down on one of their enormous Candyland Sundaes, just like in the old days. Address: 831 West St., Grinnell, IA 50112
Wherever you choose to eat, you’re sure to find a great atmosphere, some interesting history, and delicious food. Be sure to check out
These 10 Amazing Restaurants In Iowa That Are Loaded With Local History for more of the Hawkeye State’s most fascinating establishments.