After 17 years in their original location, a popular Mexican restaurant is preparing to open in Cedar Rapids... and you won't have to wait long.

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Villa's Patio is expanding to a second location... on Cedar Rapids' northeast side. Owner Andres Torres tells me that after being in Marion since 2004, they hope to open their second location in The Fountains, at the corner of Blairs Ferry Road and Edgewood Road NE soon. Perhaps by mid-June, or in early July, at the latest. As with so many businesses that require construction work right now, Villa's Patio has been held up a bit by what Torres calls a "shortage for everything."

Villa's will be going into The Fountains location at 5200 Fountains Dr. NE. Just a few short weeks ago, it was home to Paradise Indian Grill. That restaurant closed at the end of April and is scheduled to open in their new location in Peck's Landing in Hiawatha next week.

Bob James

Congratulations to Villa's Patio on being able to expand despite some major challenges in the last couple of years. A fire in June of 2019 kept the restaurant closed until late February of 2020. The next month came the COVID-19 pandemic. Remarkably, the August derecho kept them closed for only a few days.

For those that haven't been to Villa's Patio before, Torres offers this explanation of the restaurant:

We like to consider ourselves the “house of tequilas” with the best and most variety here in the CR/Marion area. With some new and exciting options we are going to offer at our two locations.

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