ReUnion Brewery plans Iowa City opening for mid-September

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ReUnion Brewery is planning to open a second location between Sept. 10 and 20 at 111 E. College St. in downtown Iowa City.


Construction on the new Ped Mall site is slated for completion by mid-August, said Kris Kass, part owner of the Coralville location and executive assistant to owner Jim Mondanaro. Brewing and kitchen equipment was secured earlier this year.


The new location’s main-level bar will fill the space formerly occupied by the Fieldhouse bar more than a decade ago. Reunion also will extend into the former space of Givanni’s, which was later home to El Patron, and Graze.


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At 12,000 square feet, the new location dwarfs ReUnion’s flagship location in Coralville, which is about 6,000 square feet. It will have a seating capacity of about 350 inside, plus another 100 on the patio.


With all the space, the new location will have a few advantages.


An upstairs overflow area will become a late night venue Wednesday through Sunday with live music or deejays. A newly-built stage will showcase bands, which can be seen and heard throughout the space via an audiovisual system.


The new brewhouse will feature a smaller, seven-barrel system to supplement Coralville’s 10 barrels, plus the 30-barrel facility at the Juice Factory opened off Heinz Road in 2020.


Although the Iowa City food menu will be smaller, it will feature regular rotations to keep the selection fresh.


Kass said the Iowa City location’s aesthetic will feature an industrial look with original exposed brick, unfinished ceilings, and blond wood tables that serve a contrast to the dark mahogany in Coralville. In addition to entertainment space, ReUnion’s Iowa City site will feature a merchandise storefront.








Only a few minutes away from its Coralville location, the new opening will help ReUnion reach an untapped audience downtown as it continues to build its brand.


“Sometimes during the football and school season, you have people who don’t have vehicles,” Kass said. “That’s the way things are going — people try to live where they work.”

 
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