A restaurant location in northeast Cedar Rapids will have its third owner in three years. Axel's Restaurant, originally known as Rock Top, is shutting its doors at the close of business Sunday, January 21.

KCRG reports that Riley's Restaurant Group has been operating the restaurant since early 2017, after purchasing it from the building's original owners. The first restaurant in the building, Rock Top, lasted only a few months. However, this isn't the end of the road for this location as a restaurant.

According to KGAN, the building should open this spring after renovations. What will it be? That's a great question. At this point, we only know that a restaurant group out of Iowa City has purchased the building and will add a Cedar Rapids location. That could be a whole lot of different things.

The complaint I most often hear about a restaurant being located at 951 Blairs Ferry Road NE, is what were they thinking when they built a restaurant with a rooftop patio right next to a water tower. Restaurant owners clearly still believe in the location, but so far the people haven't come. We'll see if the third time is a charm.

Bob James
Bob James

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