Food and Drink

Linh Ta
Nov 22, 2022 - Food and Drink

New Korean BBQ restaurant opening soon in Des Moines

Korean BBQ

Pork belly and steak on the grill at DZÔ Korean BBQ off Ingersoll Avenue. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

My number one complaint about Des Moines' food scene has been the lack of Korean BBQ.

Yes, but: I can't complain for much longer because DZÔ Korean BBQ is getting ready to open its doors soon in the Ingersoll neighborhood.

Linh Ta
Nov 18, 2022 - Food and Drink

Pints by Beth opening ice cream shop in Highland Park

Ice cream

Peppermint stick ice cream (left) and cookies and cream (right) made by Pints by Beth. Photos courtesy of Pints by Beth

A new ice cream shop is opening in the Highland Park neighborhood.

Driving the news: Des Moines native Beth Mensing is moving her pop-up business, "Pints by Beth" into a permanent space at 523 Euclid Avenue.

Linh Ta
Nov 17, 2022 - Food and Drink

Iowa is one of the country's biggest butter buyers

Data: Instacart; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios; Illustrations: Aïda Amer/Axios
Data: Instacart; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios; Illustrations: Aïda Amer/Axios

Here's some spreadable news: Iowa is the third biggest butter buyer in the country, trailing margarine-ally behind Vermont and West Virginia.

Jason Clayworth
Nov 7, 2022 - News

A planned brewery in Des Moines is shelved

A drawing of a proposed Sherman Hill restaurant.

Des Moines City Council this year approved a plan for this building at 740 18th St. to be converted into a restaurant and brewery. Rendering courtesy of Shyft Collective via the city of Des Moines

A brewery and restaurant planned as part of renovations to a century-old Sherman Hill neighborhood apartment complex has been scrapped, developer Danny Heggen tells Axios.

Catch up quick: The five-story Concord apartment is being renovated as part of a $1.5 million project that will be completed early next year.

  • A separate plan to convert the first floor of its adjacent garage and office building into a brewery were approved by Des Moines' city council earlier this year.

State of play: The space will instead be converted into offices, Heggen, a director of the real estate development firm DEV Partners, said.

  • The decision was made considering the needs of the company and its associates at Shyft, a real estate design and construction company. Opposition from a few residents did not play a role in the decision, he said.

Of note: Two breweries are already located within a half-mile of the Concord — Lua and Big Grove.

What's next: The office space renovations will cost around $1 million and begin after the apartment project is completed, Heggen said.

A photo of the Concord apartments in Des Moines.
Renovations to the Concord apartments, 732 18th St in DSM, began last year. The adjacent building on the right will become offices instead of a brewery under a revised redevelopment plan. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios
Linh Ta
Nov 7, 2022 - Food and Drink

Bubba's returns lunch hours in downtown Des Moines

Illustration of repeating dinner plate emojis with smiley faces on them.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Here's one example of normalcy returning since the pandemic — restaurants open on Mondays.

Catch up quick: Bubba ended its Monday restaurant service when the pandemic stifled downtown traffic and workforce shortages made it difficult to fully operate.

Linh Ta
Nov 7, 2022 - Food and Drink

Des Moines sake-tasting event brings Japanese tradition to metro

Allora Cafe

Allora restaurant overlooks the John and Mary Pappajohn Scultupre Park. Photo courtesy of Kum & Go/Krause Group

Learn the ins and outs of sake, a popular Japanese alcoholic drink, during a tasting on Friday held by Japan America Society of Iowa.

What's happening: The non-profit organization received a case of sake from Yamanashi, a prefecture that is Iowa's Sister State in Japan, said Yoko Tanaka, executive director of JASI.

Linh Ta
Oct 31, 2022 - Food and Drink

Ninas Tacos closes southside restaurant after multiple break-ins

Ninas Tacos break ins

Security footage showing another break in at Ninas Tacos in Des Moines. Photo courtesy of Ninas Tacos

Ninas Tacos has closed its restaurant on Des Moines' south side after three break-ins caused financial challenges.

State of play: Nina Tejeda opened the restaurant where she became known for her birria tacos at the end of 2021.

Linh Ta
Oct 28, 2022 - Food and Drink

Inflated candy prices are what's scary this Halloween

Data: Datasembly; Chart: Axios Visuals

If you're passing out candy this Beggars Night, expect to see extra-inflated candy prices, said Anne Villamil, an economics professor at the University of Iowa.

Driving the news: Everything at the grocery store is costing us a little extra.

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