New owners and new names for former Riley's Cafe and Broken Spoke
Construction is underway in an area of Cedar Rapids where two businesses experienced fires earlier this year.
In April, the Riley’s Café and Broken Spoke on the northeast side of Cedar Rapids were damaged by a fire. The two businesses have been closed since then.
Police said the fires were accidental, and started as a result of radiant heat exposure that ignited wood behind the stainless steel surrounding the stove.
Ryan Evans, the owner of bars The Blind Pig and Cocktails and Co., bought the two businesses. He has since knocked down the wall separating the two and is working on executing plans for the larger space.
“It’s going to be called ‘Pedalers Fork’,” Evans said. “We are looking at having phone charges on the bar top so people don’t have to ask to use the cords and I’m also looking into smart mirrors. They would show specials, news highlights or sporting events.”
Evans said the fire was definitely something he had to think about before buying the two businesses, but he couldn't pass up the opportunity.
“Mishaps happen,” Evans said. "I think this is a great location, and we already have the building down to the bare bones.”
Evans said he isn’t sure when he will officially “Pedalers Fork,” but currently hopes to have it ready by early next year.