CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – While many restaurants across the state have struggled during the pandemic, the Iowa Restaurant Association said it’s especially worried about the impact in rural parts of the state.

“What we’re seeing is the mom and pop restaurants, they’ve finally just thrown their arms in the air and many of them have put their restaurants on the market to try and sell, and there just aren’t people to come and buy them,” Jessica Dunker, the Iowa Restaurant Association president and CEO, said.

“Our worry as an Association is that those rural areas will be food deserts,”

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