"A HIDDEN GEM"
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Reservations are recommended, so reserve your table at (319) 623-7766, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , or click below.
Due to space constraints, NO PARTIES GREATER THAN SIX PLEASE.
If making reservations for the same day, PLEASE CALL as we cannot guarantee we will receive your online reservation.
*Please keep in mind that we are not handicap accessible, and our restrooms are located in the basement*
*We will CLOSED for the holidays from 12/24/18 to 1/9/19*
**The weekend of 2/14/19 is by reservation only. Please call to check availability**
Thur, Fri, Sat 4p - 9p
Sun 12p - 6p
811 Pacific St (Hwy 6) Ladora, IA 52251
12/24/18 to 1/9/19
Permanently closed as of Feb. 19, 2019
LADORA SAVINGS BANK & BISTRO HISTORY
Located in the historic Ladora Savings Bank, we offer fine wine, craft beer and an eclectic share plate menu.
The classical revival architecture of the building was designed by William Lightner and Charles B. Zalesky. With two substantial Doric columns, several tall windows on the sides, mosaic tiled floor, marble walls, restored bank vaults, and much of the original structure still intact, the building is quite a site.
The bank opened its doors in May of 1920. Considered one of the finest structures in its day, the dedication ceremony brought in over one thousand visitors from all parts of Iowa County. The post-World War l farm economy in the region began with an initial boom in land and crop values, but later declined around the same time the bank opened its doors. For eleven years, the bank struggled and finally met its demise in 1931, closing its doors like so many Depression era banks in its day. The building never reopened as a financial institution.
Over the years, the building served as a meeting place for local civic organizations, a “flop house” for truckers, a polling station, civil defense shelter, a Red Cross office during World War II, an antique store, attorney's office, and drapery business. On August 3, 1990, The Ladora Savings Bank was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2004, Dimitri Makedonsky noticed the old bank while traveling through Ladora on a motorcycle ride. He immediately parked his bike, and began peering through the broken windows. After several weeks of inquiry and negotiation, Dimitri purchased the building and adjacent property and began a four year renovation from roof to basement.
Initially purchasing the building with the intention of making it his home/glass studio, other options arose, and the wine bar/bistro concept took shape. After several years of hard work, a lot of faith, and a great deal of luck, the Ladora Bank Bistro was born.
Chef Jim Vido joined the bistro in January of 2014, bringing years of experience in the restaurant and catering industry. Jim and his wife, Holly, took over the business in May of 2014, earning many accolades along the way (see Press). The Ladora Bank Bistro is proud to offer a vast array of wine, craft beer, and an eclectic “share plate” menu to customers from all over the world!