Jun 15, 2021 - News
Scoop: A funky new restaurant is coming to Des Moines' East Village
Georgian cheese bread known as khachapuri
Khachapuri will be a regular menu item at Dobre Tasting Room, a new restaurant coming to the East Village. Photo courtesy of Deb Lindsey for the Washington Post/Getty Images

Dobre Tasting Room, a new restaurant opening soon in the East Village, will feature what collaborator David Hayden says is Des Moines' first fully handcrafted seltzer bar.

  • It'll also serve up locally grown food, much of it prepared sous vide-style.

The menu will constantly change, but here are some expected highlights:

  • The drinks: Iowa-grown fruits will be freeze-dried in a process to extract flavor for the handmade seltzers. One will use a lemon zest technique popularized by Benjamin Franklin.
  • The food: Nothing pretentious but lots of eclectic items you won't find at other places. Think homemade cheese, mochi Japanese rice cakes and a Georgian cheese bread known as khachapuri.

Location: 503 E. Locust St. That's right, it's where Jett and Monkey's used to be before recently moving to a larger location.

  • It will seat up to 44 people.

Hours of operation will be announced in coming weeks, according to owners Loyd Ogle and Brad Simms.

  • Expect a July open date.
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