May 9, 2022 - News

Noah's Ark restaurant in Des Moines wins a reprieve

A photo of Noah's Ark restaurant in Des Moines.

Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

The doors of Noah's Ark will remain open for now after restaurant managers won a temporary protection from eviction Friday.

What's happening: The Des Moines restaurant made headlines last week because of a dispute among family owners that threatened to shut it down.

  • A faction of the Lacona family that owns the real estate wants to evict another faction that leases and manages the restaurant. But a judge blocked efforts to terminate the lease, the Iowa Capital Dispatch reports.

Of note: Litigation over rent and repairs is ongoing.

What you're saying: Several Axios Des Moines readers shared their favorite memories about the 75-year-old restaurant last week.

  • "Wow. So many memories. After high school Homecomings and Proms (in the 1960s), Noah's was the place to go," — Mary Thomas Rittgers, of DSM.
  • “I can’t imagine the neighborhood without Noah’s Ark!  So many birthdays and anniversaries celebrated there,” — Paula Schaefer, of DSM.
  • "This was my Dad's favorite restaurant. I remember meeting him there for lunch and racing him up the stairs to the parking lot. I have many fond memories of this place, I really hope that it doesn't close," — Jack Nichols, Placerville, Ca.
  • "Whenever I come to Des Moines my 95-year-old mom and I have piña coladas and the chicken dinner for two. Our family will be so sad if we don't get the chance to celebrate a meal there with mom again," — Pat Jackson, of Waterloo.

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