Trostel’s Dish adds patio, lunch menu8/5/2015
Trostel’s Dish, located at 12851 University Ave. in Clive, has added a patio and a lunch menu on weekdays. The partially covered patio was added to the north side of the restaurant and seats 45 people. It will be open for lunch and dinner. The expanded weekday hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the lunch menu includes burgers, sandwiches, salads and Trostel’s cracker crust pizza. The dinner menu has also been expanded, adding eight large-portion meals such as truffle macaroni and cheese, sweet corn risotto and farm roasted chicken among others. The restaurant’s new hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m., Friday; 5-10:30 p.m., Saturday; and closed on Sunday. Call 221-3474, visit www.dishtrostels.com or find it on Facebook.
Freds Bike Shop opens on Ingersoll
Brad Overholser and Stephanie Shay are the husband-and-wife team behind Freds Bike Shop, which opened recently at 2928 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines. The store sells Bianchi, Schwinn, Pure City and Pure Fix bicycles, and it also offers repair and maintenance services for bikes of all makes. Overholser is a former chef who previously ran the Des Moines Bicycle Collective. The name of the shop is a nod to a common phrase among cyclists. It refers to regular bike riders who choose street wear instead of bike clothing, according to Overholser. Freds Bike Shop hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. Call 288-2095 or find it on Facebook.
EP2 plans multimillion-dollar facility
Electrical Power Products, a Des Moines-based manufacturer also known as EP2, has plans to move its operation to the southeast side of the city, though company officials say it needs to raise the property 6 feet to alleviate flood risks. EP2 makes power management systems and is currently located at 1800 Hull Ave. The 225,000-square-foot facility would cost $18 million and located at S.E. 43rd St. and Vandalia Road. A second phase of similar size would depend on demand. The new site sits north of the Des Moines River, and while floodplain maps show that the city’s levees would keep it dry in a 500-year flood, the site has a history of stormwater drainage problems. EP2, which employs 300 people, is seeking $5.7 million in incentives from the city — $4.4 million in subsidies based on 50 percent of the new property tax generated by the project over 17 years, and $1.3 million in rebates for the purchase of the property. The city has offered to provide fill dirt from an adjacent property to raise the site in order to save an estimated $4.5 million for EP2 to truck in the materials.
Hilton at top of the list to run convention hotel
The Iowa Events Center Hotel Corp. voted to start negotiating contracts with Hilton Hotels & Resorts to operate a $101 million convention hotel to be built in downtown Des Moines. The board also considered proposals from Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt for the hotel’s operations. The Iowa Events Center Hotel Corp. is a nonprofit organization overseeing the hotel project, and if the deal is finalized, Hilton would run the hotel, which will start construction in February 2016 and open in March 2018. Des Moines-based Weitz Co. has been named as the project’s general contractor.
‘Complete streets’ policy adopted in Windsor Heights
The Windsor Heights City Council voted in July to adopt a “complete streets” policy for the city, which is a commitment to designing streets not just for cars and trucks but for cyclists, pedestrians and public transit users as well. Windsor Heights is the fourth metro city to adopt such a policy, and it encourages city officials to seek out ways to integrate bike lanes, bus stops, sidewalks, narrower vehicle lanes, pedestrian crossings and street trees. Such amenities are important for anyone who commutes by foot or bike. The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is responsible for distributing transportation funding in the area, and it has created a complete streets policy template for local cities. The policy doesn’t require bike lanes or crosswalks, but it does commit the city to thinking about amenities such as those are appropriate. CV