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Noble Oak set to close on Cedar Falls Main Street, among other changes

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Barmuda Companies announced Wednesday it will be closing Noble Oak in downtown Cedar Falls.

The BBQ restaurant opened just a couple of years ago when Barmuda closed the Bourbon Street restaurant at the same location.

Owner of Barmuda Companies, Darin Beck, says the closing of Noble Oak is tied to several big moves for the company.  In its place, the company plans to open a Beck's Taproom Grill.

The Beck's chain already has a taproom in Waterloo on Crossroads Boulevard, as well as a Cedar Rapids location. A location on University Avenue in Waterloo closed earlier this year.

"Noble Oak has been successful, but it hasn't been the success we had hoped it would be. I have always felt like a brewery with this menu would be the perfect pair," said Beck.

So that is the plan. Customers will still be able to enjoy the Noble Oak menu, when a new project in a new location opens later this year, combining the BBQ menu with beer from Lark Brewing Company.

Lark Brewing opened in late 2016 and has been brewing local beers in the lower level of the Beck's Taproom building on University Avenue.

The microbrewing company is now looking to move and expand.

"We really want to stay in Waterloo. We were the first brewery here in Waterloo. We would like to stay here," said Sean Christensen, Lark Brewing co-owner.

Like many businesses in the area, Lark Brewing has eyes set on the Public Market space in downtown Waterloo.  The Waterloo City Council has yet to approve a business to take over the space, which has been empty for some time.  The council will hear presentations from three project proposals next week.

There will also be more changes coming to Cedar Falls Main Street this summer.  Beck has plans to move both Soho sushi bar and the Stuffed Olive bar from the first block of Main Street to the third.

Beck says the lease for Stuffed Olive in the lobby of the Blackhawk Hotel is expiring.  The two bars will be combined under the name Stuffed Olive and will move into space next to Noble Oak, in the storefront currently occupied by Palace Clothiers. Beck has owned the building for 15 years.

"Rather than trying to have one of a bunch of things, we are going to try and have more of a few things. So we settled in on the Stuffed Olive, and we decided to take the sushi, the tapas, the martinis, and we are going to add a few seafood entries," explained Beck.

Beck says the bars will remain open until the new space is renovated down the street.

The switch between Noble Oak and Beck's Taproom Grill will happen at the end of May. The restaurant will only be closed for 10 days for cosmetic renovations.

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