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April 10, 2014

Riverbend reopens to standing-room-only crowds

KEOSAUQUA — The wait was nearly two months, but it was worth it when Riverbend of Keosauqua reopened April 3 after it was completely remodeled.

And judging from the crowds which gathered at the restaurant last weekend, the public gives it a thumbs up.

Matt and Krystal Platt have operated the restaurant the past 10 years and decided it was time for Riverbend to get a makeover. They started on Feb. 9 and were hoping to reopen in one month. However, Krystal said that they decided to expand the project as they moved along, which moved the timetable on finishing back to last week.

What customers will notice first is the spaciousness, as the ceilings are much higher. The new paint scheme is green, and metal ceilings and long pendant lights give the restaurant a new look.

Krystal said the kitchen has doubled in size with the remodeling project. Matt, with help from Seth Crane, built all the wood bench seating. There are photos of various sites from around the county that were taken over the years by Krystal and her mother. They include the 1939 Keosauqua bridge and a barn near Cantril that is no longer there.

“We rebuilt all new walls, except for two, a small one in the seating area and in the restroom areas,” Matt said.

Standing room-only crowds greeted the restaurant over the weekend.

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