Popoli Ristorante & Sullivan’s Bar to reopen Sept. 28

The Cedar Rapids restaurant reopens from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at 101 Third Ave. SW.  Managing Partner, Steve Van Fleet says the menu will be ‘strongly influenced by many of the original favorites as well producing homemade modern Italian and American food with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.

Mr. Van Fleet says the menu will feature house-made pasta specialties, steaks and fresh seafood along with daily special selections.

Popoli’s paused operations in December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Popoli Ristorante with the distinctive Sullivan’s Bar, is an upscale, dining destination in downtown Cedar Rapids.  According to a release, Popoli translated from Italian means Peoples in English and stays true to the history of the building.  The full name of the establishment honors not only the original name, Peoples Savings Bank, but also the famous architect, Louis Sullivan, who designed the bank in 1911.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Buildings and is a mini-museum that humbly boasts the restoration of several unique original architectural features such as the famous Vault Room door and also displays the addition of several contemporary features. The history of Louis Sullivan, details of some of the unique features, the murals and their artist, Allen Philbrick, are documented for guests to read about.

Popoli is locally owned and offers the People’s Bank Room for private parties of up to 30 guests and the unique Vault Room for parties of eight guests. Reservations are welcome.