Fat Tony’s Sports Tap changes name12/3/2014
Fat Tony’s Sports Tap has changed its name to Extra Innings Sports Bar and Patio. It remains at its old address, 1500 S.E. First, but some renovations to the interior have been made. Also, expect to find a sand pi t for beach volleyball next summer as owners begin the construction for the pit and net next spring. Along with the name change, owners changed the hours to Monday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and Friday through Sunday,11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Find it on Facebook.
Louie’s Wine Dive opens in Waukee
The second location for Louie’s Wine Dive is now open at 1372 E. Hickman Road in Waukee. The first opened in 2012 on University Avenue in Des Moines. Sean McCord owns the Waukee restaurant, and he previously worked as a restaurant general manager and a managing partner of a boutique wine distributor. Jeff Kock is the beverage director, and Travis Taylor is the chef at the new dive. Louie’s Wine Dive in Waukee is open 4-11 p.m., Monday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., brunch and 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., dinner on Saturday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., brunch and 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., dinner on Sunday. Call 515-518-2075 or visit www.louieswinedive.com/Waukee.
Polk County Courthouse looks good as new
The exterior of the Polk County Courthouse is finished being restored. The $2.5 million in repairs included general cleaning and repairing and sealing the building’s limestone. The restoration of the courthouse is the first stage in an $81 million process that includes the repairs and revitalization of the county’s criminal justice facilities. The next project, expected to be finished at the end of next year, is the Polk County Justice Center, and the final stage will be turning the old county jail into criminal courts, which will be complete at the beginning of 2016. Upon completion, the three buildings will become the “Courts District.” The courthouse is located at 500 Mulberry St. in downtown Des Moines.
New grocery store coming to Ingersoll
Seven homes and a restaurant are being demolished in anticipation of a new grocery store in Ingersoll, The Fresh Market. Developer Richard Hurd, president of Hurd Real Estate, plans to have all of the houses and restaurant destroyed before winter. The Fresh Market is North Carolina-based and advertises “high-quality” foods. So far, the only other Fresh Market in Iowa is in Cedar Rapids. The grocery store will be a part of an up-and-coming development. The Fresh Market coming to Des Moines has been in the works for the last six years. Construction of the grocery store will begin in the spring.
The Greater Des Moines Partnership returns home
Due to fire in March, The Greater Des Moines Partnership had to temporarily vacate its offices at 700 Locust St. On Nov. 28, however, The Partnership is returning to 700 Locust with renovations that will include a ground floor entrance, outdoor signs and a staircase. Construction is likely to begin in January. Employees are expected back in their old building/new offices in spring of next year. The Partnership has occupied the building for the last 14 years.
Parking concerns accompany Court Avenue Hy-Vee
Knapp Properties plans to build a Hy-Vee location on Court Avenue. Land purchase will be finalized in early 2015, and construction is planned to start in the spring. Some surrounding business owners are upset because Knapp Properties decided not to build the extra parking garage originally planned because it was deemed that the current parking downtown is adequate. Some owners contend there are other areas for Hy-Vee to be built that won’t take away from their business or parking areas, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway.
VB Rack comes back
A temporary clearance store of Village Boutique, VB Rack, is back for the Christmas season and will be open until January. VB Rack sells items such as women’s clothing, accessories and home furnishings that are discounted from the original Village Boutique shop. Both shops are owned by Myra Hansen. It is located at the old space for Lululemon, 521 E. Locust St. and the hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Find them on Facebook. CV
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