See a Penny, Pick it Up …

By Alyssa Vicente


Hiawatha has gained a new restaurant, and a little bit of “Luck,” too.

Lucky Penny, 1705 Boyson Road, opened its doors July 7, and offers the Hiawatha community an eatery that is “casual, but upscale.”

Owner, Graig Cone, is a man of many talents. In addition to Lucky Penny, Graig Cone owns Conveyor Engineering, is an an entreprenaur (he co-owns several restaurants in Cedar Rapids), and a real estate developer.

His first leap into the restaurant business began with the Black Sheep Social Club, a restaurant in downtown Cedar Rapids, sparking an interest to open Lucky Penny in the Hiawatha area.

General Manager, Mitchell Springmann, has been in the restaurant business for 20 years. While he is skilled in all areas, he said he is most passionate about bartending.

“I really enjoy being the better part of someone’s day and I always attempt to make people feel as comfortable and as welcome as I can at any establishment I work at,” said Springmann.

Lucky Penny’s menu features a variety of delicious appetizers, soups and salads, wood-fired pizzas, and several entrees to choose from. According to Springmann, the restaurant focuses on serving regional favorites and using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. In addition to the impressive food menu, Lucky Penny is equipped with a knockout beer and cocktail menu.

“Our cocktail menu is made with all fresh-squeezed juices in-house and features seasonal selections created by our bartenders and a rotating menu of lesser known but fantastic tasting classics. We also feature 12 draft beers and 50+ bottles,” said Springmann.

Lucky Penny’s “Happy Hour” is from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. They also feature a changing soup, grilled cheese, and bratwurst special every day.

Springmann said they plan to be open on Sundays in the fall, perfect for football fans looking for a place to enjoy a beer and watch the game.

“We are possibly looking at getting OnIowa to do their Iowa Football broadcast from here,” say Springmann.

Springmann said they decided on Hiawatha for Lucky Penny because they thought it was a great place to “build a better future, raise a family, and to enjoy the simple things in life.”

“We really just wanted to open a place that people from the surrounding neighborhoods would feel welcome coming into for lunch or dinner and grab a bite to eat, catch a game, or have a drink and relax with their friends and family.”

Springmann said they are looking to adapt to the needs of the community and always open to suggestions or comments, which fits right in with their mission, “to provide the locals with a comfortable place to gather and enjoy each other’s company.”

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