Cobble Hill Eatery & Dispensary – Upscale Living Magazine

It is always fun when I find a talented chef making fabulous cuisine in an unexpected place! On a recent road trip through Iowa, I stopped in Cedar Rapids and booked a reservation at Cobble Hill Eatery & Dispensary. Chef Andy Schumacher and his wife Carrie opened the restaurant after moving from the Cobble Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, a place dear to their hearts. The Schumachers’ philosophy is, “You don’t have to leave Iowa to eat like you are in New York City.”

The Early Days 

Chef Andy never meant to become a chef. He intended to go to medical school, but after earning a BS in Biology from the University of Iowa, he began dabbling in the food industry. Realizing he was more interested in the culinary world than medicine, he and his wife Carrie headed to New York City, where he attended the French Culinary Institute. In New York, Chef Andy worked for several restaurants learning the ins and outs of the industry, and then launched his own catering company.

Chef Andy’s first step into the limelight occurred when he starred in the second season of the TV show The Next Food Network Star. He didn’t win but he became good friends with Guy Fieri, who did win the competition. While Andy worked on his new career in New York, Carrie interned with a fashion designer. Then, to make ends meet, she bartended and waited tables and eventually moved into management at Mexica Radio restaurant.

The Move Back Home

After a few years in the industry in New York, both Andy and Carrie visualized opening a high-end restaurant back home in Iowa; so to get the ball rolling, they packed up their belongings and their little girl and headed back home. Chef Andy scored a

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