The Dirty Dog American Bar and Grill will be opened in early February by longtime bar and restaurant owner Ivan Weiland.
Weiland also owns the Screaming Eagle American Bar and Grill in Waterloo, The Wild Hare American Bar and Grill in Cedar Falls and is a co-owner of Toad’s Bar and Grill, also in Cedar Falls.
The Dirty Dog American Bar and Grill will be at 1016 West , formerly the location of Godfather’s Pizza.
Weiland said he is excited to start a new business in a smaller town, and making the decision to open in Waverly was an easy one.
“Waverly chose me. I’ve always liked the town of Waverly, I’ve always been an admirer,” Weiland said.
“I think we’re a nice match for Waverly because of our values.”
Weiland has owned bar-restaurants for 17 years and has been in the business for 32 years.
He said holding small town values is important to him and has always ended each of his restaurant titles with American Bar and Grill because of it.
His top goal for starting up a new business is for the town to trust him, he said.
Weiland plans on not only being a supporter of the Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District and Wartburg College, but of the other businesses in the community as well, he said.
“I’m a team player and I believe all of us in this business are in it together and that we should be friendly competitors and we should work together so all of us do well,” Weiland said.
“I want them to look at me as a person who cares about their community and is positive and supports and understands Waverly values.”
Weiland said he holds his liquor license to a high standard and understands the responsibility of it. He said he has never had an underage arrest in the 32 years he has been working in the bar and restaurant business.
“I feel that our liquor license is a responsibility to the community and is my responsibility to do to the best of my ability to protect my customers and the general public from alcohol abuse,” Weiland said.
The location and size of the former Godfather’s Pizza building was ideal for his vision of a new bar and grill for Waverly, he said.
He also has plans to build an outdoor patio when spring comes. Right now he said his current vision for the new bar and restaurant is looking good.
“Now that we’re almost completed with it I’m thrilled with how it’s turning out. It’s going to be a really neat place,” he said.
Weiland said he is still hiring new employees.