A pair of new restaurants are coming to the northeast side of Cedar Rapids, and Hiawatha.

The owners of Vivian's Soul Food are opening a new, quick-service restaurant in the Fountains, at the corner of Blairs Ferry Road and Edgewood Road N.E. Co-owner Briana Smallwood tells me the new restaurant, which will be called Vivian's Express Grill, will offer scratch kitchen quick service. She went on to say,

We will be carrying all of our menu items made on the grill or in fryer from our anchor location (on Williams Parkway) over to the Fountains (i.e. po boys, chicken & waffles), and will be introducing new menu items as well, such as several Phillies and gourmet salads. If people are on the go and need a fast grab, they can place their order at the Fountains and be in and out. Just like at Vivian’s Soul Food, our menu is 100% from scratch. Nothing frozen, canned or bagged.

Briana says Vivian's Express Grill will have the same family vibe customers love at Vivian's Soul Food. They hope to open the new restaurant the week of January 18. You can see pictures of some of the items they'll be offering below. Warning... they will make your mouth water.

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Bob James

In Peck's Landing in Hiawatha, just across Blairs Ferry Road from the Fountains, another new restaurant is coming. This one is being started by the owner of Saucy Focaccia, which originated as a food truck in 2013 before moving to NewBo City Market. It now has locations in the Fountains and at Westdale on Cedar Rapids' west side.

Saucy Focaccia owner Paul Andreasen told me Friday morning that customers at The Breakfast Bar will be seated before ordering from a "little more upscale" menu that will include varying types of eggs benedict, waffles, pancakes, and more. He also says the menu will include two or three different versions of both mimosas and bloody marys. The restaurant will have a drive-thru, with a limited menu.

The Breakfast Bar will be a 2600-square foot restaurant that will be located on the east end of the Peck's Landing building that faces Blairs Ferry Road. Andreasen says they hope to open in April, but definitely sometime this spring.

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