• Caucus Bistro

This Iowa Caucus-themed restaurant is opening in the former space of Ladora Bank Bistro

Brian Taylor Carlson | Des Moines Register | April 18, 2019

Iowa's caucus is first in the nation among the quadrennial presidential nomination contests and during that time, politics becomes pervasive in our state. But you wouldn't expect politics to become intertwined with your order of flatbread. 

Until now.

A historic bank building formerly known as Ladora Bank Bistro is currently being transformed into an Iowa caucus-themed restaurant called (what else?) Caucus Bistro.

Located at 811 Pacific Street in Ladora, Caucus Bistrois currently under construction to become an upscale bistro and wine bar — a candidate for future dining experiences. The bistro is located about 90 miles east of Des Moines on Highway 6. The expected opening date is May 1.

“It just makes sense,” said Dimitri Makedonsky, the building’s owner and the former owner of Ladora Bank Bistro. “This beautiful building and setting in Iowa farm country is the perfect venue for folks wanting to engage, have a nice glass of wine, enjoy good food and appreciate what it means to be ‘first in the nation’. I can’t think of a more perfect way to pay tribute to a truly Iowa event that places us on the world stage.”

The new eatery will offer a variety of wine and beer from around the world, as well as an eclectic share plate menu.

Menu highlights include:

Prosciutto Platter: A generous platter of La Quercia prosciutto sliced thin, sprinkled with capers and a virgin olive oil drizzle and served with warm French baguette slices ($11)

Lame Duck Flatbread: Freshly made naan flatbread topped with duck rillette, caramelized onion, olive oil, spinach, and balsamic reduction ($14.50)

Inaugural Balls: Three balls of edible monster cookie dough ($3.50)

Southeast Michigan native Scott Sukovich, a recent graduate of Kirkwood Community College with 20 years of experience in the corporate world, will join the restaurant team as the chef and general manager.  

For the past 11 years, The building had been operating over the past eleven years as the Ladora Bank Bistro.

Always dreaming of opening a venue that pays homage to the Iowa Caucuses, Makedonsky decided to re-imagine the space emphasizing an Iowa Caucus theme. He believes the old bank building in this small Iowa farming community with a population of 231 people is the perfect setting to make it happen.

The Ladora Saving Bank opened in 1920 and closed in 1931 at the height of the Great Depression, never to reopen as a bank again. The building features original marble walls, brass teller cages, mosaic tile flooring, original chandeliers and three vaults.

In 2004, Dimitri Makedonsky purchased the crumbling structure and spent the next four years renovating it and converting it into a wine bar and bistro, which has continuously operated in the building since 2008.

The building is listed on the National Historic Register and is one of only a handful of “jewel box style” banks left in existence.

See original story HERE.

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