Monthly Archives: August 2012

Micky’s reopened under new ownership

Micky’s Irish Pub & Grill in downtown Iowa City recently received a makeover. Located at 11 S. Dubuque St., Micky’s has been closed for improvements for the past three months. The previous owners decided they weren’t interested in owning it, so Jim Mondanaro bought back the business.

Diamond V celebrates 70 years, new global headquarters

Diamond V, a health and nutrition company based in Cedar Rapids, celebrated its 70th anniversary and the opening of a new global headquarters on Aug. 23, 2012. Photos by Conrad Swanson.

Koala Pay offers Dwolla tweak

Des Moines-based Dwolla is known for offering low transaction fees on mobile-based payments, giving merchants an alternative to paying high credit card transaction fees. However, Troy Miller noticed that customers at his North Liberty shops, Naomi’s Kitchen and Isaac’s Creamery, weren’t benefiting as much as he thought they should be from using the system.

Panchero’s plans additional store openings this year, next

Panchero’s Mexican Grill, the Coralville-based fast-casual Mexican franchise is once again expanding its restaurant base and this week is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Rodney Anderson, the company’s founder and president, opened the first Panchero’s restaurant at 32 S. Clinton St., Iowa City in 1992.

LongHorn Steakhouse coming to Coralville; construction to start this year

Coralville will soon have a new steakhouse.

LongHorn Steakhouse plans to open in the Coral Galleria development, located south of the Coral Ridge Mall and west of the IHOP restaurant. Construction is expected to begin this fall, with the restaurant opening in early 2013.

IRL intermodal facility project scaled back, moves ahead

Another project in the developing Iowa River Landing district will likely move ahead, scaled back from the original plans. The Coralville City Council approved a resolution last week that reduced the cost the city will pay to architects to design the intermodal facility plans. The change is in reaction to reduced funding from the Federal Transit Authority.

Alliant hopes to build $700 million gas plant in Marshalltown

Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, announced this month proposed plans to build a natural-gas plant in Marshalltown. The new facility would cost about $700 million.

Local experts discuss healthcare reform, Supreme Court decision

Several business and healthcare experts discussed healthcare reform and the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the legislation at the Corridor Business Journal’s Health Care Reform Breakfast Aug. 7 at The Hotel atKirkwoodCenter inCedar Rapids.

IDT: 25 years of biotech boon

Integrated DNA Technologies is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, an impressive milestone for a company that started with just a few people up the road at the University of Iowa’s business incubator, the Technology Innovation center at the UI Research Park.

New venture offers business credit repair

ECSI is a registered Iowa credit service company that serves the Corridor and now also operates as a cash and credit access system for businesses. The company helps individuals repair their credit scores and work with businesses on establishing credit.

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