A Southeastern Iowa area destination spot for over 42 years. The turn of the century power plant and a fantastic view of the Iowa River provides the backdrop for a unique dinning experience. The Iowa River Power Restaurant combines a relaxed inviting atmosphere with the quality of a fine dining establishment. Owned and operated by Danise and David Petsel in the restaurant business for over 30 years. Our Party Planning and interior spaces for them ensure a memorable event. We strive to provide exceptional American cuisine and service second to none.
We offer multiple relaxed environments to our diners. Options include dinner and drinks in our riverview lounge, semi-secluded areas, private dining and the outdoor patio during favorable weather. Come in and enjoy our new cantilevered patio overhanging the river.
A Little IRP History
1916 Dam rebuilt. Coffer dams were constructed, a wheel house with two water wheels, wing dams below and flumes were added.
1930 Section of the plant was demolished and a new turbine was erected.
December 31, 1941 Coralville electric plant merged with Iowa Illinois Gas and Electric Company.
December 31, 1968 Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company ceased operation at the Coralville plant.
December 18, 1969 Building and 1.84 acres of land sold to the City of Coralville and the dam sold to the Iowa Conservation Commission, each for $1.00.
May 25, 1971 City of Coralville sold building and land to local businessmen for $32,000.
November 2, 1976 Building and land sold to Gary Huysman, C. David Koenig and Allan Johnson.
October 22, 1977 Iowa River Power Company restaurant opened.
May 31, 1988 Gary Huysman and John Fisher purchased the building, land and business.
April, 1989 New addition added to east wing of main dining room.
March 7, 1996 John Fisher left. Gary Huysman became sole owner of land and business.
December 27, 2002 David and Danise Petsel purchase both restaurants.
Danise & Dave Petsel