It seems like businesses in Eastern Iowa are closing left and right!

This past weekend, Ladora Bank Bistro in Ladora, Iowa officially closed its doors. This wasn't a surprise to patrons, though. The restaurant's owner and chef Jim Vido announced the news on Facebook back in November of 2018. The post reads:

‪"It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that we will be closing our doors as of February 18, 2019. My wife, Holly, and I are very grateful to everyone whom we have met and has supported us. In the past four plus years, we have had the privilege to host our guests in the beautiful Ladora Savings Bank. For that, we are grateful and hope to see you in the next few months. Thank you again for your support."

I never had to opportunity to visit the restaurant myself, but I heard nothing but great things about it. It was even named the 'Best Small Town Restaurant in Iowa' by Thrillist last year! The menu was unique, featuring fancy wine and small dishes that were meant to be shared, but the location was also a reason to visit. Ladora Bank Bistro was named after the building it sat in, which is the former Ladora Savings Bank building. According to the Des Moines Register, the bank was opened in the 1920s, but closed in 1931 due to the Great Depression. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the year 1990.

Although the restaurant is now closed, if you enjoyed the food of Chef Jim Vido, he announced back in December that he will transition to Millstream Brau Haus in the Amana Colonies starting March 1, 2019. That's only a couple of weeks away!

I would also like to note that I saw some comments on Facebook from people saying the restaurant is set to reopen in the spring, but I haven't seen any official confirmation of that, so we will let you know as soon as we hear something!

Did you ever visit Ladora Bank Bistro? What did you think of the place? Share your memories in the comments!

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