Drew Munson, 31, Cedar Rapids
Owner @ Bricks Bar & Grill
Bricks took on a lot of water in the Floods of 2008. What was the bar like before the floods? Now?
Bricks was the main spot pre-flood.
Since the flood, we get a pretty strong turn out over weekends and in conjunction to events that take place,
but we’re not where we want to be in terms of numbers during the week.
What do you attribute that to?
So many people still aren’t aware of what’s downtown since the flood.
People need to realize that coming to downtown and supporting those businesses that have reopened is not only good for that particular business
but benefits the entire city.
What makes Brick’s unique to downtown?
The physical building is really unique.
It’s over 100 years old and the exposed brick inside is so original. People from out of town will come in and comment on
the fact that the bar feels familiar to them — either they have a place back in their hometown that looks like Bricks or they just feel like they can relate to the layout of the bar. Another unique item
is our kitchen. Within the core of downtown we are one of the few bars that also serves food.
Last summer Brick’s collaborated with the Cedar Rapids Jaycees and Teeghans and Volume. Why?
Lots of people don’t understand that we (businesses) are all in it together to get people downtown. Unlike a lot of communities we want to support each other and understand that working together is much more beneficial than competing. What’s good for one is good for all of us, and that not only goes for the bars downtown but for all downtown business.
Why Teeghans and Volume?
Besides the location, people like to bar hop when they are out and each of our places offers patrons something different. People usually start at Bricks, then go to Teeghans and end the night at Volume.