Movie-lovers rejoice: 10-screen theater coming to Altoona7/2/2014
Cinemark Holdings of Plano, Texas, said it has plans to build an all-digital movie theater on Adventureland Drive. The new luxury theater is expected to open in fall 2015 across from Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino. It will feature electric-powered recliners with footrests and cup holders, along with wall-to-wall and ceiling-to-floor screens. Five screens will have immersive 3D capability, according to Cinemark. Cinemark also owns Jordan Creek’s Century 20 and Cinemark 12 in Ames. The Altoona City Council recently approved the allowance of movie theaters in the area.
Consumer Loan Services opens office in West Des Moines
The LaCrosse, Wisconsin-based mortgage company opened recently at 4401 Westown Parkway, No. 204. Loan officers from Consumer Loan Services have served in several metro-area financial organizations, and the company decided to open its own office. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. Call 515-393-1023 or visit its website at www.consumerloanservcies.com.
Developer has multimillion-dollar plan for downtown
Rich Eychaner is a developer with big plans to overhaul a block of historic buildings downtown. The property, at the corner of Southwest Third St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, would house four or five new restaurants and bars, as well as office space and potentially a 22,000-square-foot grocery store. Eychaner said the $8 million to $10 million project could begin as early as this summer, and space could be available to lease in the fall. The property is called the Green Limited/Des Moines Brewery block. Jimmy John’s has already agreed to lease one of the restaurant spaces.
New business replaces Maynard Reece Gallery
The property at 3512 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines has been sold to Insurance Networking System and The Tax Doctor, which plan to move into the space in August. The two companies will move from their current offices at 2611 Ingersoll Ave. to the larger, remodeled space. The Maynard Reece Gallery, the art gallery that had operated in the spot since 1979 when wildlife artist Maynard Reece’s son Brad opened it, closed and went up for sale in March.
Mercy to open third clinic in Ankeny
Mercy Briarwood Medical Clinic opened its doors on Tuesday, July 1, at 120 N.W. 36th St. The clinic will be staffed by Dr. Shannon Hood and Brandon Mitchell, a certified physician’s assistant. It will offer family practice, physical medication and rehabilitation starting in mid-August. Two other Mercy clinics are currently located in Ankeny. The Briarwood office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 515-358-7550.
Noah’s Event Center headed to West Des Moines
A 10,000-square-foot events and conference center, part of a Utah-based national chain, plans to break ground on the undeveloped land at 1805 90th St. on the west side of town, behind the Shoppes at Greenway Crossing. Noah’s Event Center specializes in offering diverse, multi-functional space, which can be used for weddings, business gatherings, reunions and more. In January 2013, the chain announced plans for a $24 million national expansion with eight new sites.
Smokey D’s wins international barbecue contest
Des Moines-located Smokey D’s BBQ won the Kingsford International barbecue contest in New York City, earning a prize of $50,000. The event aired recently on Destination America. Darren and Sherry Warth and Chef Shad Kirton and his wife Angie founded Smokey D’s in 2006. The full-size restaurant began as a food trailer and has since won more than 600 awards and 40 state barbecue championships.
Cozy Café plans to reopen after fire
The café located at 5405 Douglas Ave. is expected to reopen in early August, once equipment and furnishings are replaced. A fire on June 5, caused by the pizza oven burning some pizza boxes, forced the Cozy Café to close. Owner Mark Linebach said the building suffered extensive smoke damage, but everything should be replaced and ready to go in six to eight weeks. There are six other Cozy Café restaurants in the metro operated by Linebach, and he is working on opening another location. CV