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A Check In With Food And Drink Establishments Across Iowa

Ray Reyes
Many Iowa restaurants, cafes and pubs are straining to stay afloat as rise of infections rises across the state.

COVID-19 has brought forth many unexpected changes and complications for businesses on the national and local scale. This episode dives deep into COVID-19's impact on Iowa restaurants, pubs and cafes.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer and his guests examine the dint in dining out.

The conversation starts off with a macro view from Iowa business scholar David K. Hensley. Then a check in with a number of food and drink establishments across the state from a restaurant owner in Sioux City, a bartender in southwest Iowa, a restaurant co-owner in Iowa City and a conversation with an Algerian restaurant in the northeast corner of the state.


  • David K. Hensley, executive director, Iowa Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center & clinical professor of management and entrepreneurship, Tippie College of Business
  • Brian Bruening, owner of Shera's Algerian American Restaurant, Elkader
  • Vernon Meyer, owner, M's on 4th, Sioux City
  • Tylar Greene, bartender, Leon
  • Jack Piper, restaurant owner, Iowa City
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa