The owners of a downtown Cedar Rapids barbecue restaurant have abruptly closed, nearly a year after a promising opening.

Bourbon Creek Smokehouse posted on Facebook Monday, "We want to thank everyone for the support and business over the last year. We regret to inform you that as of today, Bourbon Creek Smokehouse is officially closed."

We were excited to stop in shortly after they opened, to see how they had gutted and remodeled the former Bistro on the River restaurant at 411 1st St. SE, across from the Ground Transportation Center. There were high hopes, great food, and great service when I visited.

It was just last winter that Dublin City Pub closed next door, and one of the owners there was also involved with Bourbon Creek Smokehouse.

There has yet to be any information released on what went wrong at Bourbon Creek Smokehouse, but we wish the owners and staff the best in their future endeavors.

We're sorry to see them go.


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