Louie’s Wine Dive to relocate
The Louie’s Wine Dive in Waukee, which was located at 1372 E. Hickman Road near Hy-Vee, has closed for the time being. The shop opened in 2014 – it was Louie’s second location after the restaurant on University Avenue in Des Moines had success starting in 2012. The eatery released a statement saying the decision to shut the doors was a difficult one, but the plan is to relocate to a more suitable location, somewhere in West Des Moines. The unique dining experience will continue at the original location at 42nd and University. Gift certificates will be honored at the Des Moines location, and many staff members will continue employment at that location as well. Visit louieswinedive.com.
Charter Bank’s 15 year anniversary
Charter Bank in Waukee celebrated its 15-year anniversary on Thursday, Sept. 15 at its location at 455 Sixth St. In order to show appreciation to both the community and its customers, the bank offered smoked pork loin sandwiches and sides that were catered by The Master Griller, and beverages and live music from The Heart Beats Rock-N-Roll Band. The bank’s lobby hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon; the drive-up hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Visit www.charterbanker.com.
Massage Heights ribbon cutting
The new Massage Heights in West Des Moines held a Ribbon Cutting on Sept. 20 at its new location at 640 S. 50th St., Suite 1130, West Des Moines. The salon offers membership-based retreats for people with busy lifestyles. They believe that high-quality massages from state-licensed, professional massage therapists can rejuvenate your body and lead to a healthier lifestyle. Some service options include aromatherapy, reviving foot scrub and hot stones. The salon is located at 640 S. 50th St., suite 1130 and offers flexible scheduling of appointments. Its hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 515-222-3102 or visit www.massageheights.com/locations/ia/des-moines-ia/west-des-moines.
Ribbon cutting for Decades Event Venue
Decades Event Venue held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The Ribbon Cutting was held at its location at 1208 Grand Ave., in West Des Moines. The new space is decorated with antiques and it is housed in the same building as The Picker Knows Antiques & Collectible mall. It will host weddings, receptions, private auctions, birthday parties and other special events. It can accommodate 300 seated guests or 500 standing. Tables, chairs, linens and chair covers are complimentary with a reservation. Decades will set-up and takedown for events, and the venue offers a full bar, with both half-day and full-day reservations available. Call 515-224-5732 or visit thepickerknows.com/decades-event-center.
Potbelly Subs announces new locations
Potbelly Sandwich Shops are set to open two Des Moines-area stores in the upcoming year and a half. The initial store is slated to enter The Equitable building, located at 604 Locust St., and the second will open next spring on Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines — although the location has not yet been announced. A Potbelly opened in Ames earlier in 2016. Visit www.potbelly.com to learn more.
A new donut shop selling sweet, tasty treats 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will open next fall. Hurts Donut Co. plans to open a store in West Des Moines, and it will sell donuts and other baked goods. The 2,437-square-foot shop will reside in West Glen Town Center in the space formerly occupied by The Social Canvas, a wine and painting studio. Donuts ranging in 70 different varieties will rotate in availability, with 40 to 50 flavors at the ready on any given day, along with coffee, doughnut milkshakes and other sugary snacks. All the treats are homemade including the popular maple bacon Long John, and each generally sells for between $1-$3. The franchise group’s first store opened in October in Coralville. That locations success has prompted the Des Moines expansion. The Hurts franchise was founded in Springfield, Missouri. Stores are now in Missouri, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.
The Des Moines metro now has another B-Bop’s restaurant and burger shop at 4500 Fleur Drive in Des Moines, and construction will begin after the winter on yet another in a commercial development in West Des Moines, near Jordan Creek Town center, Galleria – just off Mills Civic Parkway, on Stagecoach Drive to the north of Ethan Allen furniture store. The yet to be built West Des Moines location will have a single drive-thru lane, as well as inside seating for 48 with additional exterior seating on the patio.
Global Brew Tap House in WDM
Global Brew Tap House recently held its grand opening. The new West Des Moines watering hole offers 50 different craft beers on tap, plus an additional 200 in bottled variety. The new place to quench your thirst is located at 9500 University Ave., Suite 118 — next to where Wasabi restaurant is located — and contains inside seating for 115, with space for an additional 45 on the patio. The brew house doesn’t serve food, but nearby restaurants have partnered with the establishment to provide food service. A small selection of wines is also available in the 3,400-square-foot beer-tasting center. Hours are 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.
Brew pub with craft beer and food
Des Moines native Peter Faber is returning to the metro after 16 years in Chicago, and his plan is to open a new West Des Moines Brew Pub, Barn City Brewing — his target opening date is early 2017. The new watering hole will be 5,500 square feet and will be located at 9500 University Ave., in Hawthorne Centre, near Wasabi restaurant and Global Brew Tap Room. Barn City is set to seat 125-150 inside, and an additional 1,400-square-foot patio will also be available. The brewery will offer house brews, craft beers and other local brews. Food will also be available.
New Mexican eats
A new high-end Mexican eatery is headed to West Glen Town Center in West Des Moines at the new South Creek Crossing building. Occupancy at the 5,000 square foot restaurant will be approximately 200, and there will be additional space available on the patio. Blu Toro is slated to welcome guests starting this October. More than three dozen tequilas are said to be on the menu.