About Us

Our Story

In 2014, SweetWater Café opened its doors in downtown Sioux City, Iowa. Our unique atmosphere, gourmet coffee and grab-and-go sandwiches won the hearts of neighboring tenants and their customers. It wasn’t long before we decided to replicate the magic in Winnebago, Nebraska in 2017 and South Sioux City, Nebraska in 2024.

Sweetwater Cafe’s sister company is Pony Express, which operates five convenience stores and a grocery market in Iowa and Nebraska. Sweetwater coffee is served at all six locations.

Sweetwater Café is a subsidiary of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the social and economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Sweet & Unique

While all three locations share the same SweetWater feel, each one has a unique ambiance of its own.

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Sioux City

Our original location still sits in Ho-Chunk Centre, with convenient access from The Downtown Skywalk System. Enjoy a stroll through a variety of downtown sites, rain or shine!

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The Winnebago café is located in the heart of Ho-Chunk Village, just off Highway 77. This multi-use community includes a statue garden, playground and convenient shopping.

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South Sioux City

You can find the newest location at Flatwater Crossing, with 180-degree views of the Missouri River. Enjoy the views and relax on our outdoor patio, or take advantage of our convenient drive-thru. This is also our only location that serves beer, wine and mimosas.