Old Linn Street Cafe

Old Linn Street Cafe

121 North Linn Street

Although now closed, the Linn Street Cafe was a regular location for writers and artists to meet for dinner and drinks, often right before their public readings in town. Throughout the 1990s, the staff decorated the walls with framed book jackets. It was a fine-dining destination in Iowa City, with food grounded in the French classic style.


Jorie Graham at Linn Street Cafe

The Linn Street Cafe has been in operation since the late 1980s. Throughout the 1990s the staff decorated the walls of one of the dining rooms with framed book jackets. The collection hasn’t been updated much since Jorie Graham left town in 2000, but when she was here, many afternoons she would run frantically into Prairie Lights, frame in hand, to get the dust jackets of the books by the authors she planned to take to dinner within the hour.

-Jan Weissmiller


Weissmiller, Jan. “Iowa City: City Guides.” Poets & Writers. Poets & Writers, 1 May 2012. Web. 21 May 2016.