There are a lot of things cooking around Des Moines area this summer. I’ll go over a few that have come to my attention. Tamales Industry has moved to Merle Hay Mall!
Vietnam Cafe has moved over a slot in the Merle Hay Mall food court and is still making amazing and authentic dishes. Tamales Industry took its old spot.
City Bakery has closed. Space will be taken over by Tacopocalypse, with a target opening date of June, Friday the 13th
The Standard (photo taken the day before it closed) will indeed close and reopen under new management (Darin Beck’s Barmuda operation) as The Stuffed Olive and Voodoo Lounge
Tonic has indeed opened up another location in the Court Avenue District. It didn’t seem too full the Friday night I visited.
Madhouse Brewing Company has made its move from Newton to 501 Scott Ave. in the Lower East Village. The taproom is open as of NOW!
Cedar Ridge is now selling its 375 ml 5 year Reserve Bourbon Whiskey in Des Moines stores in single bottles.
The Craft Brew Festival is coming to Des Moines June 14th 1-5 on the Court Ave. Bridge. $30 now, $40 later.
Sbrocco closed, but Shorty’s (in the basement) is still operating for now. This is a really great bar. Visit while you still can. No word on its final disposition, though the new building owner said it will continue in some way.
Johnson Bros is now selling HeBrew kosher beers in Des Moines. I thought that this Messiah Nut Brown Ale was a very easy to drink ale of the nut brown variety.
Winefest starts on May 31st this year with some special sessions, continues Sunday, June 1st with a Lawn Party at Jasper Winery and sort of ends on the 6th with Sips and the City and the 7th with a Grand Tasting.