Friday, October 9, 2015

On the Move

Cozy Café closing three locations


Cozy Café owner Mark Linebach, who opened eight Cozy Café restaurants in six years, has closed one location and will close two more. The Waukee restaurant located at 280 W. Hickman Road was sold to Jasbir Makhija, who has plans to open an Indian restaurant at the end of October. Linebach will also close an Urbandale location at 3855 121st St. and the one inside the Valley West Inn in West Des Moines. The previous operator of Angelo’s Pizza, Mark Nicola, is set to take over the Urbandale space. A deal has not come through yet for the 3535 Westown Parkway location.

Knit & Purl Tea Room opens in Urbandale
Sherri Gruber opened a 48-seat tearoom at 7003 Douglas Ave. in Urbandale on Oct. 6. The tearoom is open for breakfast and lunch six days a week; breakfast includes a daily special, traditional breakfast options and homemade cinnamon or pecan rolls and muffins. Lunch features a traditional three-tiered English tea, which includes finger sandwiches, scones or lettuce cups, macaroons and tarts. Soup, sandwiches and salads are also available. Pan-fried chicken and homemade ice cream and pies are available for Sunday brunch. Knitting and crocheting classes will be offered some evenings, according to Gruber, and yarn will be for sale in the restaurant. A tea leaf reader will be at the restaurant twice a week. The Tea Room’s hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Call 251-7875 or find it on Facebook.

$25 million apartment complex proposed for south side
The Neighborhood Development Corp. plans to break ground on the $25 million Dunham Square apartment complex in November. Located next to Italian grocery store Graziano Bros, the 172-unit will change the look of the south-side neighborhood. The complex will be the largest project ever for the Neighborhood Development Corp., a city-funded nonprofit whose most expensive project yet cost $3.4 million. The NDC gets $1 million each year from City Hall, which is to be used for investing in aging neighborhoods. In the past, the NDC would construct or renovate a building and would own it until the neighborhood improved enough to sell it to a private investor. In this case, the company will build the complex, but TMG Properties, a local real estate firm investing in the project, will own the apartments. The NDC will be paid a development fee. Construction is expected to finish in the fall of 2016.

Apple Valley tenants finding new locations
Windsor Heights retail center Apple Valley Shopping Center has displaced its current tenants in order to demolish the building and make way for a new retail center. Affected businesses include Fitness Sports, which moved to a similar-sized shop at 8810 Swanson Blvd. in Clive; Making Waves hair salon, which moved to 8365 University Ave., Suite A, in Clive; The Rookie, a sports card and memorabilia shop, which moved to 9992 Swanson Blvd. in Clive in a space double the size; Golf Headquarters, which will remain closed until Nov. 27, has yet to find a new location; Maria Groceries and Gifts, an ethnic food store, which will temporarily relocate to Apple Valley’s eastern building; Windsor Clock and Watch, which moved to 2035 N.W. 100th St. in Clive back in August; and Stix pool hall, which closed Sept. 23 with no plans to relocate. The new retail development, called Midtown Center, will be anchored by Aldi and offer several other spots for tenants.

Developer plans retail space for West Des Moines property
First Street L.P. has submitted plans to demolish several buildings in a 5.5-acre site near the intersection of Grand Avenue and First Street in West Des Moines. In the area, the former Westport Lounge was recently razed, and the previous Long John Silver’s was demolished at the end of September. First Street L.P. plans to build a new commercial and retail development with about 25,000 square feet of space. Dollar Tree has already submitted a site plan for a 9,450-square-foot store on the south edge of the property, and construction is expected to start in October. AutoZone has signed a lease with First Street for a building to be located where the Long John Silver’s building was previously. CV

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