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Lucky’s on 16th

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What bar would be complete without a few games to blow off steam? After you grab a drink, feel free to grab any of our games or ask one of our staff members to borrow a set of darts and play the night away!

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Build your own meal at Lucky’s on 16th in Czech Village

A “build your own” macaroni and cheese dish with sautéed broccoli, red peppers, onions, bacon, and grilled chicken topped with Parmesan cheese at Lucky’s on Sixteenth in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. The new restaurant and bar is located in Czech Village and opened in mid December. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

A “build your own” macaroni and cheese dish with sautéed broccoli, red peppers, onions, bacon, and grilled chicken topped with Parmesan cheese at Lucky’s on Sixteenth in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. The new restaurant and bar is located in Czech Village and opened in mid December. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

A “build your own” sandwich with grilled chicken, sautéed cauliflower, zucchini, colby Jack cheese and bacon is seen at Lucky’s on Sixteenth in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. The new restaurant and bar is located in Czech Village and opened in mid December. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Owner Heather Armstrong poses for a photo at Lucky’s on Sixteenth in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. The new restaurant and bar is located in Czech Village and opened in mid December. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Lucky’s on 16th co-owner Heather Armstrong got her inspiration for the restaurant and bar’s menu by watching her children order food.

“I have three kids, and when we go out to eat, the 13-year-old especially always doesn’t want this, doesn’t want that,” she said.

She was tired of seeing him order burgers and throw out the lettuce, tomato and pickle slice they inevitably were served with.

So the menu of the new Czech Village eatery is “build your own.” Customers choose a burger, chicken sandwich or heaping bowl of macaroni and cheese and then pick up to five toppings – anything from traditional burger fixings such as cheese, onions or bacon to peanut butter, hummus or sliced hot dogs.

“I’ve waitressed and served enough to know people change everything on the menu – why not let them? This way you get exactly what you want,” she said. “It has lent itself to some very interesting combinations.”

Peanut butter and jalapenos in the macaroni, for example, has been ordered more than once. She’s also been shocked at how much goat cheese they’ve gone through.

“They put it on everything,” she said.

Lucky’s opened its doors Dec. 17. Armstrong plans to hold a grand opening celebration Jan. 30 and expand the hours to be open for weekday lunches beginning Feb. 1.

The space is a sports bar, with TVs and Hawkeye tributes on the walls. A stack of board games sits in the room, ready for patrons to grab.

“I love games, and every single day someone grabs one,” Armstrong said. “How often do you see people on their phones? That’s fine, but at least there’s an alternative.”

The menu still is in flux – Armstrong wants to add a black bean burger. The kitchen also is keeping a menu in back to write customer suggestions on.

She also is working to add beer taps to the bar space. Currently they offer domestic tall boys and bottled imports.

Armstrong, 45, of Cedar Rapids, most recently worked for the Blue Zones Project, helping other businesses achieve Blue Zones certification. She tried to bring that sensibility to this job – the menu offers traditional pub fare but also healthier options such as a hummus and veggie tray appetizer and a full range of salads.

She is the managing partner, with other investors as co-owners, including Kory Nanke, who also was an owner of Migos Fajitas and Margaritas, the last business in the location.

Nanke also owns Kickstand, NewBo Alehouse, NewBo Sushi, Red Frog and Stella’s. He previously has owned Syndicate Epicurean Pub, which closed in 2015, as well as C.R. Chophouse before the flood, Cabo Sports Bar and Grill at Westdale Mall for a time, and Brick’s Bar & Grill on Second Ave. SE, which remains open under different ownership.

Migos closed after about a year in business. Previously, the spot housed the Blue Toad.

Armstrong said she wants to recapture the neighborhood bar feel of the Blue Toad.

“I’m really proud of this place. I think it feels comfortable,” she said. “I like making people happy – if someone can come in and have a good time with their friends, that’s what I want.”

<p>Lucky’s on 16th co-owner Heather Armstrong got her inspiration for the restaurant and bar’s menu by watching her children order food.</p> <p>"I have three kids, and when we go out to eat, the 13-year-old especially always doesn’t want this, doesn’t want that," she