Bar Louie open at Jordan Creek5/21/2014
7105 Mills Civic Parkway, No. 150, West Des Moines
422-9640 / www.barlouieamerica.com
Bar Louie has added an urban vibe in the bar/restaurant scene to this already eclectic neighborhood. Along with its famed handcrafted signature martinis, mojitos and margaritas are made fresh from hand-squeezed fruit. Beer and wine lovers will also find an extensive selection of imports, microbrews and 20-plus wines sold by the glass. The food selection is deliberately oversized for sharing in the spirit of its social setting, including apps, flatbreads, salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees made daily from traditional and regional scratch recipes. Bar Louie is open for lunch, dinner and late-night dining with full menu available until last call.
Thrifty Fashions out, Designer’s Closet in
408 Eighth St. S.W., Altoona
Friday, June 27
Owners of Thrifty Fashions and More in Altoona have decided it’s time for a new brand name. The old sign came down earlier this month and was replaced by one that says: Designer›s Closet. The business will continue to offer affordable clothing and accessories for men, women and kids, which includes new and used clothing, accessories, brand names such as Miss Me, Rock Revival, True Religion, BKE and many more, plus jewelry, accessories and hair bows.
Heroes eat free at Twin Peaks
4570 University Ave., West Des Moines
528-8294 / Facebook.com/TwinPeaksRestaurant
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, the Dallas, Texas-based Hooters-esque restaurant chain, Twin Peaks, is saying “thank you” to military personnel and veterans by treating them to a complimentary meal. Twin Peaks Senior Director of Marketing, Kristen Colby, calls it a “small gesture to remind the men and women who serve our country how much we appreciate everything they do.” Guests of honor will have the choice of any entrée on the menu valued at $14.95 or less.
We can hear you now
Verizon Wireless announced this week that its customers in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Sioux City will have access to faster mobile wireless broadband with the launch of its “XLTE” network. The improvement doubles Verizon’s current 4G LTE network capacity, a trend the company plans to continue through 2014.
Could new laws open cannabis retail centers in Iowa?
303-386-7321 / www.unitedcannabis.us
The United Cannabis Corporation CEO, Paul Enright, thinks the demand for medical marijuana products will increase, and so should supply. So the company is inviting business people, entrepreneurs, scientists and government agencies to partner with United Cannabis’ trained professionals to cultivate and grow the company’s hybrid strains of marijuana in legalized communities worldwide.
New CSI facility opens at DMPD
25 E. First St.
283-4824 / www.dmgov.org
After months of remodeling and budgeting, the Des Moines Police Department announced this week that it’s finally opening its new Crime Scene Investigation evidence processing lab and storage facility. An open house was held on May 21, where the public was invited to view the forensic technology the detectives use in criminal investigations as well as the many types of evidence cops collect every day to store in this new unit — two areas not otherwise accessed by the public — on the second floor.
Courage League Sports gets upgrade
4405 121st St., Urbandale
The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Class of 2014 cut the ribbon this week in celebration of the completion of Courage League Sports, which received an upgrade to its gymnasium and lobby through a class project. A state-of-the-art exergaming system was also included in the $140,000 project, according to The Business Record.
Red Lobster chain goes for $2.1 billion
Darden Restaurants Inc. recently announced its plans to sell the Red Lobster seafood chain to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion. The company expects about $1.6 billion in net cash proceeds from the sale, $1 billion of which will be used on debts. CV
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