Northside Bistro opens

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 31, 2015 5:00 AM

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The North Side Bistro opened Monday in the former location of the Haunted Bookshop.

The space, 203 N. Linn St., has a rustic look and feel, which Christa Walrath, a manager for the restaurant, said was intentional; the walls, tables, and bar use wood and metal from an old barn outside of Iowa City.

Walrath said instead of focusing on one type of food, the menu is filled with various influences and flavors.

“[We] didn’t want to really pigeonhole the menu and keep it into one specific flavor profiling or culture or genre or anything like that,” she said.

Walrath said the menu would offer recipes with Japanese influences, Italian influences, with a variety of ingredients, which was the goal of head chef Andy Diep.

“The way the chef is composing the plates, it’s a little bit different, trying to incorporate some different flavorings,” Walrath said.

Along with the varied menu, she said the owners and chefs planned to rotate the menu seasonally based on what ingredients are available.

“I think there is a plan to … have a kind of working menu that can change on a whim,” she said.

— by Cory Porter

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