Food and Drink

Plans to build new Scooter's Coffee in Beaverdale hit a snag

A photo of a vacant gas station in Des Moines.
A Scooter's Coffee shop is proposed for this site, 4402 Douglas Ave., in Des Moines. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Developers looking to bring a new Scooter's Coffee shop to Des Moines' Beaverdale neighborhood are asking the City Council to step in after the Plan and Zoning Commission rejected their plans.

Why it matters: Developers want to open the shop at a gas station that has stood vacant at the corner of Beaver and Douglas avenues for more than a decade. It's one of the busiest intersections in the neighborhood.

7 biggest events in Des Moines in 2022

Hot air balloons in the sky at National Balloon Classic in Indianola, Iowa.
Photo courtesy of National Balloon Classic

Festival season is in full swing and we are booked and busy in 2022, folks.

  • Here are the top seven events happening in Des Moines, starting this week.

What: This festival brings together different Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa around food, educational activities and live cultural entertainment.

World Food Prize recipients warn G7 of growing hunger crisis

A photo of a World Food Prize recipient.
World Food Prize Laureate Lawrence Haddad spoke at the Iowa State Capitol in 2018. He is one of 25 prize recipients who signed a letter sent Thursday to world leaders warning of mass famine. Photo: Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Des Moines Register via Imagn

More than two dozen World Food Prize recipients are calling for more action on three problems they say threaten to reverse progress in the fight against world hunger: COVID-19, climate change and conflict.

Why it matters: 45 million people are living on the edge of famine, according to the World Food Programme.

Jason Clayworth
May 11, 2022 - News

Iowa restaurants shrink menus and portions amid inflation squeeze

Illustration of a dollar sitting on a plate shaped like the state of Iowa.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Rising food and labor costs have put Iowa restaurants in a bind, resulting in some offering smaller menus and decreased portion sizes, Jessica Dunker, CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association, tells Axios.

Why it matters: Iowa's nearly 6,000 restaurants and bars play an important role in the state's economy, employing more than 137,000 people, according to the association.

Linh Ta
May 11, 2022 - Food and Drink

Farm Kids isn't returning to Des Moines Farmers' Market

Farm Kids' burrito
A Farm Kids' breakfast burrito bowl from the Des Moines Farmers' Market in 2021. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

One of the most popular food vendors at the Des Moines Farmers' Market announced it will not be returning this year.

State of play: Farm Kids Food Co. is known for its iconic green tent and long lines along 4th and Walnut streets.

Linh Ta
May 10, 2022 - News

School lunch prices rising in Des Moines metro

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Several federal nutritional aid programs that Des Moines families have relied on during the pandemic are expected to end this summer.

Why it matters: Without the programs, many families will not only have to return to paying for lunches, but they'll likely be at a higher cost due to increased food prices.

Jason Clayworth
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.

Des Moines restaurant Noah's Ark could close

A photo of the exterior of Noah's Ark.
Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

A family dispute could put Noah's Ark out of business, according to a recent court filing from the longtime Des Moines restaurant's management.

Catch up fast: Noah Lacona, who started the restaurant in 1947, died five years ago.

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