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Cedar Rapids’ Bistro on the River re-branding, moving to Marion

It’ll be called Bistro 3 Nineteen, and the Uptown Marion District has already been creating a built in way to get potential customers to her door with their alleyway project.

When the Maid Rite in Marion shut down a few weeks ago, the big question was, ‘who would move in?’

When Brittany Hannah picked the spot in downtown Cedar Rapids to open Bistro on the River three years ago, she wanted a former restaurant location to keep overhead costs down. Transition costs were low but the space was pretty big.

“It wasn’t a space where we used the whole building very often,” said Hannah, who is the Executive Chef and owner.” You’re paying for 6,000 square feet and using roughly 3,000 every single day.”

The new spot in Marion became available around the time her lease was up for renewal and it’s roughly half the size of the Cedar Rapids location.

It’ll be called Bistro 3 Nineteen, and the Uptown Marion District has already been creating a built in way to get potential customers to her door with their alleyway project.

“This is one of the things that drew us to the outdoor space,” said Hannah, pointing to the alleyway. “It’s one thing we didn’t have access to downtown.”

Across the street, Richie Akers is the co-owner of Giving Tree Theater.

“We’ll have around 100 people each weekend night in our space,” said Akers. “Being able to offer them a place a half block away with great food is awesome.”

He says there’s already good synergy between locations in the alleyway and Giving Tree, and a prime spot on the corner can only help.

“I see that as an anchor,” said Akers. “It’s like Zoey’s or some of those other places that you see busy all of the time.”

Brittany says Bistro on the River in Cedar Rapids will be open until lunch time on August 18th. She’s hoping to open Marion’s Bistro 3 Nineteen by the end of September.

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