Devotay will close New Year's Eve, with owners vowing to reopen with a new name and concept in January.
After more than 22 years in business at 117 N. Linn St. in Iowa City, the new owners of Devotay restaurant say they will close the business on New Year's Eve and reopen later in January with a new name and concept.
"Devotay has served as a pioneer and leader of the local and slow food movement here in Iowa City and arguably beyond," Mark and Jade Paterno said in a Facebook posting to customers yesterday. "The restaurant scene has changed dramatically over the last 22 years and we must evolve as well if we hope to stay competitive." 
The Paternos took over the restaurant from the late Kurt Friese last December. Mr. Paterno, a Realtor with Urban Acres and owner of the Marco's Grilled Cheese cart on the downtown Pedestrian Mall, said at the time he was "in love with the foods of Spain," and planned to visit the country for additional research. 
"Jade and I really gave Devotay our best effort," Mr. Paterno said in a statement. "With the benefit of hindsight, we now see that Devotay could only be Devotay with Kurt and Kim [Friese] at the helm." 
"Looking to the positive now, we are excited to have our own place that Jade and I will create from scratch," he added. "We look forward to taking this treasured restaurant space into its next phase." 
Regular dinner hours and Sunday brunch service will continue for a farewell period through Dec. 31, the Paternos said, with reservations for the final New Year's Eve prix fixe menu highly encouraged.
Devotay, opened in 1996, offering Spanish-inspired tapas and cocktails in the historic Brewery Square building on the Northside in Iowa City. 
The Paternos said the restaurant's new name and concept will be announced at a later date.
With fewer than half of schools teaching computer science at a time when the state is struggling to fill 4,500 open computing jobs, ICR IOWA is teaming up with educators and industry leaders to participate in the international Hour of Code next week.  
The Hour of Code is a global movement aimed at reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.
The program, running from Dec. 3-9, is being supported through ICR Future, a regional coalition of educators, employers and organizations working together to develop future workforce. The coalition has five core strategy teams including one focused on computer science.  
The computer science team, led by  NewBoCo, the Grant Wood Area Education AgencySoutheast Iowa STEM Hub and the region's IT Sector Board, is working to increase students' access to computer science, as well as the number of teachers certified in the topic. The group has begun to reach out to districts to encourage and support events where students can be exposed to computer science through

"Hour of Code events during school help to ensure that all students, no matter their gender, race/ethnicity or socioeconomic background, have the opportunity to see if computer science is for them and to develop the analytical thinking and problem solving skills that will serve them well, no matter their career path," said Kristine Bullock of the Southeast Iowa STEM Hub in a release.

Kate Moreland, director of career development for ICR IOWA, said it is encouraging regional school districts to register hour of code events at so they can be recognized and enter to win funds for additional support.  
"As we build awareness and partnerships with industry partners, we can impact students throughout the region and increase the future talent pipeline for our regional employers," she said. 

Those interested in having an Hour of Code event or volunteering as an IT industry professional for an event can contact Steven Davis at or Samantha Dahlby at To register your Hour of Code event, visit
For the complete list of this week's Movers & Shakers, see the Nov. 26 edition of the CBJ. 
A team from the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business is gearing up to participate in the final round of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's MBA Case Competition, to be held this Friday in Washington, D.C.
The team, comprised of part-time MBA students Drew Kahler, Daniel Babb and Alex Junk, will go up against teams from Georgetown University and the University of Chicago as they present their case to a panel of judges, including executives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and FedEx, and a professor from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.
The winning team will receive $12,000, the second place team $7,500 and the third place team $2,500.
The case revolves around a fictional, Kansas-based agtech company that is looking to build its second headquarters somewhere in the United States. Teams were tasked with identifying the best location for the new facility based on certain parameters, and outlining how to measure the success of the project.
"Basically, it's like if you combined Amazon's [HQ2] process with John Deere," Mr. Kahler said.
The UI team's plan settled on Indianapolis as the ideal location for the company's new headquarters, based on a variety of considerations, including its proximity to leading computer science and engineering programs as well as a major airport. It was a "surprising choice," in the words of one of the judges, but the team sold it well, earning them a spot in the finals from among 83 teams across the nation.
Mr. Kahler, who works as director of sales for Channel Fusion in Hiawatha, described a feeling of shock when they were notified that they had made the final round. The team members had never competed in a case competition before, he said, and were going up against "the cream of the crop" in terms of U.S. business schools.
"We all just thought it would be a great opportunity to learn and test ourselves," he recalled. "Just being humble Iowans, we were like, 'We're going to give this a good shot, but we won't be surprised if we don't make the finals.'"
The MBA Case Competition will take place this Friday from 3-4:30 p.m. at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters, located just a block away from the White House.

Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC) has announced plans to launch its Ascent Leadership Program in January. 
Registration is now open for the 12-month program targeted at mid-level, high potential employees to grow the pipeline of future women leaders.
"Ascent represents the evolution of IWLC's efforts to grow women leaders at all levels," Tiffany O'Donnell, CEO of IWLC, said in a release. "With the mission of developing, advancing and promoting women leaders, graduates of Ascent will work to create leadership habits that will set them up for the next step in their careers."

The year-long program will be facilitated through an interactive virtual classroom, making it ideal for local, regional and national teams. In addition to twice monthly peer-to-peer interaction, Ascent participants will work virtually once a month with a professional business coach to develop personal and professional goals. The goals will then be tracked in real-time through an online dashboard called Accelerate.

"Emerging leaders will participate in multi-sensory learning with a focus on leadership presence and emotional intelligence," Ms. O'Donnell said. "This program is unique in being able to bring together personalized, continual leadership development direct to the participant in their own workspace."

Seats are open now to organizations of all sizes through a monthly membership model. Contact Tiffany O'Donnell at for more information.
Nov. 29
Winning the Game: Launch and Land Your Post-Harvest Marketing Plan, by Hills Bank & Trust, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 3204 Seventh Ave., Marion. This crop marketing seminar will include tips and advice for writing your marketing plan and a fun marketing simulation. Free, light breakfast provided. To register, visit

PWN Member Appreciation Night, by Professional Women's Network, 5-7 p.m., NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. PWN members will celebrate the achievements of 2018 and look ahead to next year. Free, but RSVP to Ann Roushar at For more information visit

Nov. 30
Ribbon Cutting: DKW Gallery, by Marion Chamber of Commerce, 4 p.m., 840 Seventh Ave., Marion. DKW Gallery will celebrate its second anniversary with the addition of new programming and space. Free.

Dec. 1
Code 102, by DeltaV Code School and NewBoCo, 9 a.m.-5 p.m, Geonetric, 415 12th Ave., SE, Cedar Rapids. Move past the concepts covered in Code 101 and work with experienced developers who can help. Cost: $299, includes a light breakfast, lunch, and coffee. For more information, visit

Dec. 3
Coralville Roundtable, by Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, noon-1 p.m., Gus' Food & Spirits, 2421 Coral Court, Coralville. Roundtables are social lunches over the noon hour. All are invited to network, keep up-to-date with Chamber and community events and frequent a member restaurant or business. Free. For more information visit

Dec. 3-5
Excellence in Service, by Kirkwood Community College, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha. Learn the skills needed to address customer expectations, find solutions in difficult situations and communicate clearly. Cost $85. For more information visit  
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On Tuesday, more than a dozen residents spoke out to the Cedar Rapids City Council over the controversy surrounding Cargill's plans to build a new rail yard.  A discussion on easements for the new rail yard was taken off the council docket this week, but residents are still upset their questions regarding how the rail yard will impact noise, traffic and property values in their community have not been answered.  "Cargill has decided, my impression is, that they are going to take this piece of land that belongs to the nature corridor ... and disrupt it, and put in a rail switching yard in a residential neighborhood, which is unacceptable," said concerned resident Albert Lucas.  "My main thing is all the people who use that corridor and future generations that won't have an opportunity to prevent this from happening," said Jeremiah Kenny, another concerned resident. Cedar Rapids Corn Milling Facility Plant Manager Dan Pulis told CBS2 News, in part, "Our intent has been all along to be fully transparent with the neighborhood and the city ... after exhausting all the available and cost-effective options."  At this time, city leaders have not made any future plans to revisit the rail yard proposal this year. Residents hope the city will consider their concerns, before the project moves any further.

New benches now up on the Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City are becoming a source of controversy, with some saying the bench design is hurting the homeless.  It has to do with the armrests in the middle, causing people to take a stand.  On Facebook, one person called it "hostile architecture" that prevents people from lying down.  Officials with Iowa City's Engineering Department are responding, saying the armrests aren't there to deter the homeless.  "The intent of the center armrests is to allow for additional people to sit on the bench. People tend to sit in the middle of a bench if there's not that center armrest, so this provides more seating," Senior Civil Engineer Scott Sovers said. He noted that any concerns about the benches weren't brought to the city's attention during three well-attended public meetings before they were installed.  The benches were installed a couple months ago, but in late November, Iowa City Catholic Worker posted on Facebook, asking if people thought they were discriminatory against the homeless population. The response was largely: yes.

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CBS2 Chief Meteorologist Terry Swails' Weather First Forecast

The pattern will turn more active once again as we end the week. There will be a few systems moving through the Midwest which will lead to chances for rain and snow.  Clouds will move back in today and it will be cool with temperatures in the 20s. A disturbance will roll through and, with just enough moisture in place, could squeeze out some snow showers. The highest chances will be along and north of the Highway 20 corridor where some accumulation will be possible. Clouds will hang tight Thursday and Friday and it will be slightly warmer. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 30s both days. As winds turn out of the south and bring in the warmer air, there may be dense fog forming where snow is on the ground. Otherwise it will be a fairly calm end to the week.