Most know it as the original German Bank and more recently, as the Silver Dollar Cantina. The current owners retained the historical beauty, keeping the original ceiling, tile floor, and the restaurant’s namesake: the vault. The interior boasts a lengthy bar with booths and tables.

The new ‘penny’ bar and the craft cocktails nod to the 1920s prohibition era. But unlike the prohibition, loads of unique cocktails, inspired by the past era, are available, mostly created by Jesse Elliot’s wife Heather, along with some sampling by the owners Mark Giunta and Jesse Elliot.

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Residing in Dubuque, Sandra and Jim Evans have been married for 30 years and have raised two daughters. Currently, Sandra enjoys retirement, having taught upper-level high school English courses for 21 years in Southwest Wisconsin. As a “foodie,” she enjoys spending time in her kitchen cooking and loves to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs in her backyard. Jim teaches marketing courses at Dubuque Senior, where he has taught for the past 35 years. He also teaches a college-level Customer Service class through NICC. Both Jim and Sandra enjoy dining out and trying new restaurants, which make them a good fit for the restaurant reviews.


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