Another restaurant in Cedar Rapids has closed the doors. Becks Taproom Grill in the Lindale Mall is no longer open for business. I drove by earlier today and took a few photos to include in this blog. The sign above says it all, "This location has closed."

Photo: Jz

According to the Beck's web page, "The Beck's brand has been around for 18 years with locations in Waterloo and Cedar Falls. Known for their amazing burgers, wings and scratch kitchen, they have been making up delicious offerings that will surely be your new favorite!"

I visited this Beck's location and I loved the food. I also thought the service was good, the drinks were cold, and it had a cool vibe to the place....so why did it close?

The owners of this space have given it a go with a couple of different concepts, without much luck. Before Beck's, it was a Hurricane Wings restaurant.

The physical location was an addition to the mall after extensive remodeling. It's a great spot with LOTS of traffic, but something isn't working at 4444 1st Avenue in Cedar Rapids.

If you ask me, I think part of the problem is all of the construction on Collins Road. I've heard from several other retailers in that area that their business is down as well. Fewer people are traveling down Collins Road because it's such a mess.

Because of the extensive road work, I've been staying away from that side of town. It's hard to get around and traffic is VERY slow. I know they are making improvements, but we all have busy schedules. It's just easier to go someplace else and not fight the construction.

I sure hope the next tenant has better luck. I hate to see another cool restaurant closing here in Cedar Rapids.