Cedar Rapids/Marion Rapids Contract & Design

Mellow Mushroom

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Restaurant Consulting and Design Services in the Iowa Corridor

Iowa was recently ranked the Best State in the U.S. News & World Report, which means people expect a lot from the food here. Come to Rapids for a kitchen or bar design that will spark the interest of potential customers, as well as a kitchen layout that can easily handle even your busiest times.

Using a combination of our experience, thorough training, and (of course!) your input, the Rapids team will go above and beyond to bring your vision to life. Our dedicated design professionals offer comprehensive services:

  • Concept development
  • Site feasibility studies
  • Branding consultations
  • Interior design
  • Draft beer system implementation

You can even see how your finished project will look with our computer-aided design and drafting 3-D walkthrough technology.

Our services don’t just apply to commercial applications – some of our most frequent customers are high schools and colleges. Rapids can improve the flow of your cafeteria to allow students to get their food quickly and easily, as well as upgrade your kitchen to increase your menu or streamline your prep process!

No matter where you are serving your food – in a hotel, prison, country club, food hall, etc. – Rapids will work hard to create a kitchen and dining area both you and your customers will love!

Serving Cedar Rapids, Marion, and the surrounding areas including Iowa City, Coralville, Dubuque, Des Moines, Davenport, Anamosa, Waterloo, and more!

Meet Our Specialists!

When you choose Rapids, you will have access to a number of different skill-sets, including project management and interior design. Find out more about the people you will be working with!

Troy Little

Troy Little

Director of National Accounts

Troy’s favorite project was Mellow Mushroom, due to the uniqueness of the concept, and his kids tell him his best dish is mac ‘n’ cheese! Learn more…

Luke Green

Luke Green

Contract & Design Specialist

Luke’s most challenging project involved a church that required a lot of pre-planning due to the age of the building, as well as a temporary kitchen so their after-school programs could remain open. His best dish is brisket! Learn more…

Robert Wiltgen

Robert Wiltgen

Contract & Design Specialist

Bob thinks almost everything his wife cooks is awesome, and his favorite project (so far!) was the Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort because he worked this project from the ground up! Learn more…

Kip Opheim

Kip Opheim

Project Coordinator

If Kip was given a week off, he would spend it catching up on reading and yard projects, and his solution to a project that had a lack of communication was to make frequent site visits to keep on top of things. Learn more…

Miki Blair

Miki Blair

Contract Administrator

Miki’s family frequently requests her breakfast burritos, and she has worked with Rapids since 2001! Learn more…

Joe Schmitt

Joe Schmitt

President

Joe’s favorite project is any where customers tell him that Rapids employees represented the company in a fashion that would allow them to recommend us to others! Learn more…

Eric Schmitt

Eric Schmitt

Vice President

Eric’s most challenging project was an Army Reserve Center kitchen, due to the many people involved in the decision-making process. He thinks that all of his dishes are amazing, but his daughter would say his Frozen-themed pancakes are the best. Learn more…

Christy Hodnefield

Christy Hodnefield

Director of Design

Christy spends each Sunday with her family, and has very much enjoyed working with both the Coe and Loras colleges, as they allowed her to use her design expertise. Learn more…

Tyler Coleson

Tyler Coleson

Project Coordinator

Tyler’s favorite project was Zombie Burger, and his best dish is “a mean chicken stir fry.” Learn more…

Kade Yanda

Kade Yanda

Project Coordinator

If Kade had a week off, she would go on a road trip with her kids. Her favorite project and most challenging project were one and the same: Rhythm City Casino. Learn more…

Nick Schmitt

Nick Schmitt

Contract Sales

Nick’s last perfect meal was a scallop risotto with cranberry and corn kernels in a basil sauce, and his most challenging project was also his first, thanks to the amount of learning-on-the-job necessary. Learn more…

Paul Adams

Paul Adams

Marketing & Media Nerd

Paul is responsible for most of the photos on this site, and his best dish is bacon wrapped sea scallops with sweet & hot raspberry relish. Learn more…

Casey Saari

Casey Saari

Contract & Design Specialist

Casey’s solution to difficult projects is to be as thorough as possible so nothing gets overlooked, and one of his short-term goals is to get us a photo! Learn more…

Jeff Rice

Jeff Rice

Contract & Design Specialist

Jeff’s favorite project included working with customers who had no previous bar/restaurant experience, and his best dish is anything on the grill. Learn more…

Clay Carney

Clay Carney

Contract & Design Specialist

Clay’s most challenging project was at a school where they encountered unavoidable delays with a walk-in freezer – his solution was to keep in constant contact to find a quick resolution. If he had a week off, he would travel to the Rockies! Learn more…