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Ruby's Pizzeria opens in downtown Cedar Rapids

Offers Detroit, Chicago, and New York-style pizza

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By Stacey Murray  ::   UPDATED: 26 June 2014 | 4:02 pm   ::  

Brothers Curt and Craig Bean are bringing pizza - by the slice or by the pie and in several styles - to downtown Cedar Rapids.

Ruby's Pizzeria, located at 223 Second St. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids, opened June 20.

On the menu is New York, Detroit and Chicago-style pizza, in addition to salads, subs and a dessert.

Curt Bean, who formerly owned Mr. Beans with two locations in Cedar Rapids and Marion, prefers the Detroit-style.

The latest of two new restaraunts to open on Second Street - Kazoku opened in May and American Rock Bar and Grill opened earlier this month - also serves 10 types of beer that rotates on tap, along with house wine.

For lunch, the pizzeria offers pizza by the slice - $2.75 for a single slice or $4.95 for two. They also offer combos of a slice and a salad or a slice and a soda for prices ranging from $3.95 to $7.50.

The full menu includes several specialty pizzas such as a Queen Margherita, taco, meatball, bacon cheeseburger or veggie. Or create your own combo with one to six toppings or more.

Choose between a meatball or Italian Grinder sub or Caeasar or spinach salad. There's also garlic bread and a Cheezy Bread. There's just one dessert on the menu, but it packs a lot into one dish. The Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake is served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.

Ruby's is open Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The new restaurant was named after the pair's grandmother who they said was a lifelong cook and an appropriate namesake for the pizzeria.

Bean said they're hoping for an upper-scale pizzeria, though they shy away from the term. The owners are striving to fill the pizza niche in downtown Cedar Rapids - a gap they've noticed for years. The pair contemplated opening in Marion, but with the established Zoey's Pizza among others within walking distance, they decided Cedar Rapids was a better business move.

Though Curt Bean recently sold Mr. Bean's and closed his other restaurant - Ashley's Restaurant, he wasn't ready to get out of the business.

"I've been downtown for 18 years," he said. "I always kind of thought I'd give pizza a shot."

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