We normally would not jump the gun on a new restaurant coming to town, but since weather was not nice to our dining review plans and because buzz was simply so overwhelmingly good following the announcement of this new joint, we figured, what the heck. Let’s get you all excited and then wait for it… but you only have to wait a couple of months. The exciting new place we’re talking about is Gino’s East, the legendary Chicago-based deep dish pizzeria and their entertainment partner, The Comedy Bar, which will both be moving in simultaneously to the Novelty Iron Works Building at 10th and Washington Sts. in Dubuque’s historic Millwork District.

Along with Gino’s East comes their partner, The Comedy Bar. The Comedy Bar started out as a show in a downtown bar back in 2011. It quickly gained popularity and began to expand its programming schedule to meet the demand. In 2015, the club joined forces with Gino’s East in River North. At the current flagship, they offer seven days of stand up a week, a full menu of authentic Chicago food, and in-house brewed craft beer from Gino’s Brewing Company. The showroom and bar are currently under construction with their box office and entrance adjacent to the restaurant space. The operation leaders plan to bring high-caliber talent and programming to their Dubuque location leveraging their regional talent booking power.