Waukee and West Des Moines businesses are expanding, moving

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New West Des Moines Tap House

A new retail center for Global Brew Tap House is targeting an opening date of Aug. 12 in West Des Moines. The plan is for 50 beers to be available on tap, with approximately another 200 in bottles. Craft beers that are brewed locally will be available, as will brews from around the globe. The 3,400-square-foot beer-tasting center will be located at 9500 University Ave., Suite 1118, near Wasabi restaurant. It will have 115 seats on the inside; 45 more will be arranged on the patio. “Beer school” will be offered for those with an appetite for learning, and off-site events such as beer festivals and charity golf tournaments are also part of the plan. Global Brew is based in Edwardsville, Illinois. It began franchising approximately two years ago. This will be its second franchise. Hours will be 3 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday. Visit www.globalbrew.com for more information.


Kum & Go in Waukee

Kum & Go has a new store in Waukee. The facility features the brand’s new marketplace design. The layout at 3105 Grand Prairie Parkway even includes a beer growler filling station. The store is the first retailer to open its doors at the 1,500 acre mixed-use West Des Moines development, Kettlestone, which is near Interstate 80. The development is named after its glacial knob and kettle terrain and is comprised of 10 distinct districts and contains trails, retail businesses and office spaces, along with housing and entertainment. The design of the new convenience store is akin to another of its new stores in Johnston. It is 6,200 square feet and offers hot food, cold drinks, restaurant-style seating — both inside and out — and free WiFi. The new Kum & Go is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 515-987-0556 or visit www.kumandgo.com.


Cool Basil spinoff?

Another restaurant is coming to West Glen Town Center in West Des Moines this summer. Liam Anivat, the owner of popular Thai restaurant Cool Basil, has a new concept to try. Banana Leaf Asian Bistro at 5515 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 145, will serve lunch and dinner with a less extensive menu than Basil’s. The plan is to focus on having fewer total menu items but more healthy meals to choose from. Look for entrees with lots of fresh vegetables. Banana Leaf will seat approximately 70 customers at a time, and the hours will be 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.



A new sushi spot named Wasabi has opened in West Des Moines near the Des Moines Golf and Country Club at the Hawthorne Centre, which is located at 9500 University Ave. The new restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner but closes briefly in between. It seats 95 inside the 3,000 square-foot space, plus there’s room for another 60 on the patio. The menu features upscale fare, including ceviche, Wasabi rolls and an assortment of fish. The new West Des Moines eatery is open 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.


$11 million expansionin West Des Moines

Innovative Injection Technologies is seeking funds from the city of West Des Moines and the state of Iowa for a planned $10.7 million addition and upgrade at 2360 Grand Ave. The expansion would make it possible to add 36 jobs to its West Des Moines facility. Innovative makes injection-molded plastics. It supplies components to Deere & Co. and Arctic Cat Inc. If approved, West Des Moines would provide up to a $258,000 five-year, sliding scale tax rebate. The state would give the rest via sales tax breaks on construction materials and by way of investment tax credits and a research and development tax credits. Innovative Injection Technologies already employs approximately 190 people in West Des Moines.


Mall shoe store closing

Valley West Mall’s upper level is reportedly losing Todd’s Naturalizer after 17 years at the Mall. Its lease expires June 30 and won’t be renewed. Instead, the owner will focus on the store in Indianola, Todd’s Shoes for Women. Merchandise will be discounted at the store until it closes on June 26. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 515-221-9255.


New apartments coming to West Glen

West Glen Town Center is attempting the construction of two new buildings with 108 one–bedroom apartments. If all goes as planned and everything is approved by the city council, one building will have five floors consisting of dwellings that sit atop a structured parking area. The other building will be three stories high and consist of more residential units, a parking area and area for retail space and restaurant space. West Glen Town Center is located at 5465 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines.


Get Fit Grill

Construction at the South Creek Crossing building on Mills Civic Parkway is complete for its new occupant, Get Fit Grill. The new healthy eatery touts itself as a healthy, quick, casual restaurant with meal prep, smoothies and more. It will occupy the middle bay of the building. Two additional unnamed tenants will fill out the rest of the site. 5585 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 200, West Des Moines. Visit them at www.getfit-grill.com.


New birth

Mercy-West Lakes will shut down its 15-bed birthing unit suburban operations, choosing to consolidate obstetrics services entirely to the downtown location. The West Des Moines hospital averaged less than one birth per day last year. The space is thought to be better utilized for services such as joint replacement or weight-loss surgery.


DART news

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) made one of its three yearly service adjustments recently. The stop at Valley West Mall #2747, has moved to 31st Street. Other DART buses have been rerouted for service to the new southbound stop #457, and the northbound #456. This changed Local Routes 3 and 52 and Flex Routes 72 and 74. Local Routes 3, 15, 17, 52 and 60, along with Express Route 98, will no longer use Fifth Avenue and will instead go back to traveling south on Seventh Street. The new schedules are available at ridedart.com. Printed schedules can be found at DART Central Station and on the DART buses.

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