The offerings are hard to refuse at Capones: Certified Angus steaks, vodka-sauced pasta, broasted chicken, burgers, ale-battered onion rings and more.
Chef Robert Hansen, who brings 25 years' experience to the kitchen, promises, "We'll change your view of steak. We cut the meat in-house - New York strips, rib-eye and filet mignons - and it's tender enough to melt in your mouth."
Originally the Village Bank & Trust, the 1917 building was damaged in the 2008 flooding that devastated downtown Cedar Rapids. Dave Fountain and Ray Pierce purchased the building with the idea of opening a restaurant and turning the 1960s-era drive-up bank into a bar.
"We wanted a place where people could sit down to a delicious meal and enjoy themselves," explains Fountain.
Massive, original stone columns at the front entrance survived the flood. Inside, the original marble floor, wood tellers' windows, hand molded crown molding, bank vaults, a Toledo scale and vintage built-in wall clock were salvaged.
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Phelan's Interiors of Cedar Rapids designed the interiors with a nod to the period architecture. "There also needed to be synergy between the restaurant and bar sides. They wanted it to be a comfortable, enjoyable place that you'd do more than once a year for special occasions - a place that offers excellent food and fine wines, but also has bar food," says Tom Phelan.
Phelan's designer Kim Buske balanced vintage style and modern amenities.
Striking light fixtures composed of five drop pendants draw attention to the soaring ceiling and crown molding. Pendant wall scones punctuate lustrous yellow-gold walls accented in aqua. Simple floor-to-ceiling drapery panels in sophisticated purple complete the warm color scheme. Booths are surrounded by tall, mahogany-stained wainscoting for a sense of intimacy. The row of tellers' windows acts as a room divider, separating booths from dining tables that can easily be rearranged to accommodate large groups.
Next door, the Hideaway Bar is the perfect place for pre- and post-dinner drinks or to hang out with friends to watch the game and listen to live music.