Downtown

Downtown Cedar Rapids is full of life! This district features a variety of dining and shopping options, a vibrant arts and culture community, and exciting nightlife. The Economic Alliance works with area businesses and non-profits to support the creation of a beautiful, sustainable downtown area for all ages, so wet your whistle, fill your belly at one of the many unique, locally-owned restaurants, bars, and hot spots, and enjoy some entertainment in the greater Cedar Rapids community.



Dine.

Dine

We have great restaurants in our downtown area. From a unique, locally sourced meal of fresh greens and perfectly cooked pork chops, to a quick slice of pizza or hotdog, we've got it all.

Restaurant Address Phone Hours
American Contemporary
350 First 350 First Ave. NE (319) 731.4444 Every day 6:30a - 9:00p
Black Sheep Social Club 600 1st St. SE (319) 200.7070 M-Th 11:00a - 10p, F-S 11:00a - 1:00a, Sun 10:00a - 3:00p
Cobble Hill 219 2nd St. SE (319) 366.3177 T-Th 5p - 9p, F-Sat 5:00p - 9:30p
White Star Ale House 305 2nd Ave. SE (319) 362.2000 M-Th 4:00p - 1:00a, F-Sat 3:00p - 2:00a
Asian
Culata 210 3rd Ave. SE (319) 200.4350 M-F 10:30a - 2:00p
Wasabi 221 2nd Ave. SE (319) 774.7719 M-Th 11:00a - 9:30p, F-Sat 11:00a - 10:00p
Bakery
Kathy’s Pies 616 5th Ave. SE (319) 362.5216 M-F 7:00a - 5:30p, Sat 8:00a - 1:00p
Barbeque
Austin Blues BBQ/ElCentro Burrito 210 3rd Ave. SE Ste. D (319) 378.4777 M-F 8:30a - 2:00p
Bar & Grill
Brick’s Bar & Grill 320 2nd Ave. SE (319) 362.7425 M-Sun 11:00a - 2:00a
Bud Light Lounge 350 1st Ave. NE (319) 731.4444 Everyday 4:00p - 11:00p
Daisy’s Garage 1117 1st Ave. SE (319) 362.2223 Mon-Sun 11:00a - 12:00a
Dublin City Pub 415 1st St. SE (319) 247.7180 M-S 11:00a - 2:00a, Closed Sunday
Hazzard County Saloon 329 2nd Ave. SE (319) 366.1501 W-Sat 7:00p - 2:00a
Iowa Brewing Company 708 3rd St. SE (319) 366.2337 M-Th 4:00p - 8:00p, F 4:00p - 10:00p, Sat 12:00p - 10:00p, Sun 12:00p - 6:00p
Jerseys Downtown 200 First Ave. NE> (319) 836.1015 M-Sun 10:00a - 2:00a
Liquid Lounge 304 2nd Ave. SE (319) 362.1710 M-Sun 4:00p - 2:00a
Moose McDuffy’s 835 1st Ave. NE (319) 366.3917 M-F 11:00a - 2:00a, Sat 12:00p - 2:00a, Sun 11a - close
Pub 217 217 3rd St. SE (319) 200.4217 M-Sun 10:00a - 2:00a
Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery 616 2nd Ave. SE (319) 200.4142 T-Th 11:00a - 2:00a, F-Sat 11:00a - 2:00a, Sun 11:00a - 10:00p
Red’s Public House 112 2nd St. SE (319) 363.0275 M-Sun 7:00a - 2:00a
Rock Bar American Grill 219 2nd Ave. SE (319) 362.1710 M-Sun 11:00a - 2:00a
Shawn Ryan’s Irish Pub 715 2nd Ave. SE (319) 365.1591 M-Sun 10:00a - 2:00a
Stella’s 416 3rd St. SE (319) 364.2707 M-Sat 11:00a - 2:00a, Sun. 11:00a - 12:00a
Penguin's Comedy Club/The Vault 208 2nd Ave. SE (319) 363.0606 Varies
Cafe & Deli
Bistro On The River 411 1st Ave. SE (319) 363.0500 M-Th 10:30a - 8:00p, F 10:30a - 9:00p, Sat 5:30p - 9:00p, Sun-M Closed
Blue Strawberry 118 2nd St. Ste. 100 (319) 247.2583 M-F 6:30a - 8:00p, Sat 7:00a - 8:00p, Sun 8:00a - 5:00p
Coffee Emporium & Café 220 3rd Ave. SE (319) 362.3384 M-F 6:30a - 4:00p
Deb’s Ice Cream & Deli 215 3rd St. SE (319) 365.1010 M-F 7:30a - 4:00p
Deli-licious 115 3rd St. SE Lower Level of US Bank (319) 366.3716 M-F 8:00a - 4:00p
Flying Wienie 103 8th Ave. SW (319) 861.3036 M-T 11:00a - 6:00p, W-F 11:00a - 7:00p, Sat 11:00a - 4:00p
Fresh Deli & Grill 200 1st St. SE (319) 363.2995 M-F 7:00a - 3:00p
Greyhound Cafe & Deli - Cedar Rapids Public Library 450 5th Ave. SE (319) 739.0499 M-Th 9:00a - 9:00p, F-Sat 9:00a - 5:00p, Sun 1:00p - 5:00p
Jimmy Johns 411 Third St. SE (319) 364.4024 M-Sat 10:30a - 9:00p
Maid Rite West 621 1st Ave. SW (319) 364.4415 M-Sat 10:30a - 7:00p, Sun 10:30a - 3:00p
Prairie Soup Company 425 2nd St. SE, Skywalk (319) 362.0972 M-F 7:00a - 4:00p
Riley’s Cafe 836 1st Ave. NE (319) 364.4779 N/A
The Early Bird 316 2nd St. SE (319) 261.4901 N/A
Caterers
Brother’s Catering 317 7th St. SE (319) 365.6900 M-F 8:00a - 6:00p
Julia’n Le Chef 426 1st Ave. NW (319) 551.3076 Call Anytime!
Cuban
The Lost Cuban 209 3rd St. SE (407) 716.8329 M-Th 11:00a - 3:00p, F 11:00a - 8:00p, Sat 1:00p - 8:00p, Closed Sunday
Italian
Need Pizza 207 2nd Ave. SE (319) 362.6333 M-W 11:00a - 10:00p, Th 11:00a - 11:00p, F-Sat 11:00a - 2:30a
Popoli 101 3rd Ave. (319) 363.1248 M-Th 11:00a - 12a, F 11:00a - 2:00a, Sat 4:00p - 2:00a
Ruby’s Pizzeria 223 2nd St. SE (319) 200.4800 M-Th 11:00a - 9:00p, F 11:00a - 10:00p, Sat 4:00p - 10:00p
Lunch Cart
Big Daddy Dogs 3rd Ave. & 2nd St. SE (319) 573.8955 M-F 10:00a - 3:00p, Sat 7:30a - 12:00p
O's Grill Food Truck 200 block of 3rd St. SE (319) 981.5816 M-Th 11:00a - 2:00p, F 11:00a - 2:00p, 10:00p - 1:30a, Sat. 10:00p - 1:30a
The Grateful CrepeThe Grateful Crepe Food Truck 300 block of 2nd Ave. SE (319) 981.3282 T-F 11:00a - 2:00p
Mexican
La Cantina Bar & Grill 102 2nd St. SE (319) 362.2618 M-T 11:00a - 10:00p, W-Sat 11:00a - 2:00a
Vietnamese
Phon Lan Vietnamese 216 8th St. SE (319) 365.5784 M-Sat 11:00a - 9:00p

Dwell.

Dwell

Living in downtown Cedar Rapids puts you right in the center of all the action, and has been awarded one of the Best Places for Affordable Homes by CNN’s Fortune and Money Magazine. Our housing options continue to expand, and the demand increases with every new development. We're working hard to bring a variety of options for every price point to the area.

As a part of our community development initiatives, our Development Committee works with community leaders and developers to bring more housing options to the downtown core and neighboring areas. Downtown has a unique variety of housing options, including loft projects in the New Bohemia Neighborhood that offer the type of eclectic urban living spaces considered unique to our community.

Find the latest information on housing in our community by visiting the Cedar Rapids Association of Realtor's web site or by attending our annual Urban Living event. Check out the listing below for area housing property information.

DevelopmentAddressPhoneWebsiteOwnershipMin. $Max. $Total UnitsDistrict
10th Street Brickstones900 10th St SE319-826-1022www.perennialproperties.comRental  30MedQuarter
1st Ave Mixed Use609 1st Ave SW319-538-7732no website listedRentalIncome Restricted7505Kingston Village
6th Street Commons5th Ave & 6th St SW319-899-8460www.compass-built.comRental  10Kingston Village
Ausadie Apartments845 1st Ave SE319-365-3860no website listedRental7001,20020MedQuarter
Bottleworks Lofts & Condos905 3rd St SE319-521-5272Bottleworks - FacebookOwner-occupied120,000300,00058Czech Village / New Bo
Cedar River Tower100 1st Ave NE319-364-0085www.apartmentfinder.com/Iowa/Cedar-Rapids-Apartments/Cedar-River- Tower-ApartmentsRental5852,475152Downtown
Clock House600 1st St SE319-241-5919www.clockhousecr.comOwner-occupied300,00050000012Downtown
Commonwealth Senior Apartments1400 2nd Ave SE317-550-3844www.twgdev.comRentalIncome RestrictedIncome Restricted84MedQuarter
Cornerstone Place323 3rd St SE319-364-7444www.aspectinc.netRental6721,39432Downtown
Coventry Lofts211 1st Ave SE319-363-3900www.highpm.comRental7761,25019Downtown
Geneva Tower310 5th Ave SE319-366-0454www.apartmentfinder.com/Iowa/Cedar-Rapids-Apartments/Geneva-Tower- ApartmentsRentalIncome RestrictedIncome Restricted183Downtown
Kingston Commons100 4th Ave SW319-826-1906www.kingston-commons.comOwner-occupied300,000330,00017Kingston Village
Kingston Landing346 2nd Ave SW319-364-7444www.aspectinc.netRental810108026Kingston Village
Kingston Pointe210 5th St SW319-364-7444www.aspectinc.netRental8481,04718Kingston Village
Kingston Quarters353 2nd Ave SW319-364-7444www.aspectinc.netOwner-occupied 250,00012Kingston Village
Kingston Village200 Diagonal Drive SW319-449-4105http://www.kingstonvillageapartments.comRentalIncome RestrictedIncome Restricted64Kingston Village
Kurik House1024 2nd St SE319-378-6741no website listedRental1,0001,0002Czech Village / New Bo
Mott Lofts545 Valor Way SW319-826-6532www.hobarthistoricrestoration.comRental960125016Kingston Village
Neighborhood Development Corporation's610 2nd Ave SW319-538-7732no website listedRentalIncome Restricted75010Kingston Village
NewBo Station1028 3rd St. SE319-731-3414www.newboliving.comRental950120014Czech Village / New Bo
NewBo West 1612 C Street SW319-361-4938no website listedRental720110010Czech Village / New Bo
Oakhill Jackson Brickstones - Adam Building1150 6th St SE319-826-1022www.perennialproperties.comRental50557552Czech Village / New Bo
Oakhill Jackson Brickstones - Pennington Building951 6th St SE319-826-1022www.perennialproperties.comRental50557545Czech Village / New Bo
River View Condos400 1st St SE319-362-5566www.riverviewcr.comRental4251,00040Downtown
Roosevelt200 1st Ave NE319-366-0200www.sherman- associates.com/therooseveltRental56590096Downtown
Smulekoffs97 3rd Ave SE319-364-7444www.aspectinc.netRental40050048Downtown
The Depot460 12th Ave SE319-899-8460www.thedepot-cr.comRental900125013Czech Village / New Bo
The Metropolitan450 1st St SW319-826-6532www.themetropolitancr.comRental & Owner-Occupied1,100/mo. Rental - $200/SF Owner1,450/mo. Rental - $230/SF Owner34Kingston Village
The Row Houses on Second1000 2nd St. SE319-560-3259www.Rowhouseon2nd.comOwner-occupied295,000350,0006Czech Village / New Bo
Village Lofts200 3rd Ave SW319-899-8460www.villagelofts-cr.comRental & Owner-Occupied825/mo. Rental - $115,000 Owner1,400/mo. Rental - $500,000 Owner25Kingston Village
Village West Apartments and Shops100 16th Ave SW319-361-4938no website listedRental7409507Czech Village / New Bo
Water Tower Place900 2nd St SE319-521-5272www.watertowerplacecr.comOwner-occupied150,000459,00044Czech Village / New Bo

Do.

Do

Take in a show at Theatre Cedar Rapids, or see a great act perform at the U.S. Cellular Center. Shop at a boutique or visit a new hairstylist. We've got amazing cultural attractions, great shopping, parks and more. You won't be bored in our downtown area! Get a list of amenities downtown!

Parking in Cedar Rapids is convenient, accessible, and smart! Park Cedar Rapids delivers high-quality service and convenience to downtown visitors with state-of-the-art technology including a time-saving app, automated kiosks and more! Visit ParkCedarRapids.com for the latest parking news and information all in one place.

Vision Cedar Rapids & Downtown SSMID

The Cedar Rapids community has seen an incredible amount of change over the past several years, due largely from the impact of the 2008 flood. The Economic Alliance is playing a part in assisting the City of Cedar Rapids with flood protection efforts through public policy advocacy and community outreach. As a staunch supporter and advocate for state and federal dollars, the EA has assisted the City of Cedar Rapids in securing $264 million over 20 years to build a flood protection system on both sides of the Cedar River.

This Vision Cedar Rapids plan provides a broad understanding of downtown’s purpose and helps to direct the energy and resources of future downtown development opportunities. As with the original plan, previous planning efforts and documents were critical to the development. There is no intent to reinvent the wheel, but rather to update already-dynamic plans to incorporate the latest circumstances and future opportunities. Read the full plan in it’s entirety below:

Vision Cedar Rapids, Five Year Plan Developed 2012 by JLG Architects, originally created in 2007

Downtown SSMID

In 1986, a Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) was created by vote of the downtown property owners for community development, streetscape and beautification improvements. They agreed to tax themselves as an additional assessment every year for 20 years to revitalize the area. Learn more: Today, the SSMID Commission is composed of property owners or representatives appointed by the Mayor to continue these initiatives, and remain visionaries in our plans for the vitality of downtown Cedar Rapids. The SSMID Commission works closely with the Economic Alliance to help carry out the commission’s strategic plan and meet its goals.

Façade Improvement Program (link to PDF 5.9.16 Facade Committee Minutes.pdf)

Downtown SSMID meeting minutes (Link to PDF 6.1.16 Downtown SSMID Minutes.docx)

Downtown SSMID Commission

Fred Timko (Chair), Down to Earth Development, LLC

Linda Mattes (Vice-Chair), Alliant Energy

Steve Dummermuth Jr., IGD Industries

Jon Dusek, Armstrong Development Co.

Trish Ellison, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust

Marty Hoeger, Neighborhood Development Corp.

Dawn Jaffray, United Fire Group

Nancy Kasparek, US Bank

Chris Lindell, Guaranty Bank & Trust Co.

Ann Lipsky, Smulekoffs

Andrew Morf, Acumen

Randy Rings, TrueNorth Companies

Joe Terfler, GreatAmerica Financial Services

Ron Corbett, City of Cedar Rapids Mayor

Jeff Pomeranz, Cedar Rapids City Manager

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