The “dine local” movement characterizes the culture of Iowa City and strengthens the local economy…one bite at a time.
For every one hundred dollars you spend in a locally owned business, sixty-eight dollars remains in the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures vs. forty-three dollars spent in a national chain.
Dine Downtown Iowa City has drawn attention to our Iowa City's rich, diverse restaurant scene. With several family-owned restaurants. Downtown Iowa City offers varied dining experiences, from quaint and kitschy to red-carpet treatment, and from celebrity chefs and top-rated cuisine to a sushi restaurant where Hollywood celebrities have been known to visit when in town.
With its mission statement declares its dedication to creating remarkable experiences for visitors by enriching the identity and culture of our city: Dine Downtown Iowa City celebrates, supports and promotes the culinary diversity that family-owned and operated restaurants contribute to the identity and culture of our city. We are committed to strengthening the local economy and enriching our community through education and charitable partnerships.
In order to help visitors and locals understand the array of dining options and the importance of supporting locally owned businesses, The ETRE Restaurant Group launched the Dine Downtown Iowa City as a strategic initiative designed to showcase and to promote Iowa City as the region’s premier dining destination.
When The ETRE Restaurant Group declares it is “strengthening the Iowa City economy one bite at a time,” that isn’t hyperbole. We also nourish the community that supports us. Dine Downtown Iowa City believes in nourishing the community, sharing proceeds from events, and investing in new talent. We are very proud to collaborate with a whole host of community partners in various ways.