Apr 17, 2024 - Food and Drink

Prime & Providence, West Des Moines' new steakhouse, prepares to open

Combination images of lobster mac and cheese and Prime & Providence's dining area.

Lobster mac and cheese (left) and the Prime & Providence dining area coming together (right). Photos: Courtesy of Prime & Providence

Prime & Providence, West Des Moines' newest steakhouse, is preparing to open its doors in May at the 595 Tower.

Driving the news: Axios got a sneak peek from chef and owner Dominic Iannarelli, who previously worked as executive chef at Jethro's and Splash.

State of play: The restaurant's inspiration is a "fancy, not formal" steakhouse where almost everything is cooked via fire, including the steaks, seafood and vegetables, Iannarelli says.

Zoom in: The centerpiece is a large, 15-foot hearth and two coal-fired ovens that customers can see through the kitchen's open-style concept.

  • There's also an oyster bar patrons can sit at to enjoy a chilled shellfish tower or, in winter months, a "coal" tower with hickory chips instead of ice.

The big picture: A major draw is the Japanese-imported Kobe beef, which has heavier marbling than most Iowans are used to, Iannarelli says.

The intrigue: For people on a budget, the restaurant's everyday cocktail hour will include reduced-price oysters, as well as snacks under $20, like bone marrow meatballs, ahi tuna tacos and warm squid salad.

Prices: Expect the prime steaks to go for $60-$110 and the Japanese imports for more.

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