New burger restaurant to open in West Des Moines4/29/2015
The owner of The Rusty Duck, located in Dexter, is opening BW’s Burgers at 3701 E.P. True Parkway in May. Brad Waldron, who is also the chef, is opening the new restaurant in the former Patty Pat’s, which closed in January. BW’s will offer 16- and 10-ounce burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and ice cream. The list of burger toppings includes bacon, bruschetta, guacamole, cheese and various sauces. The menu will be about half the size of Rusty Duck, which has been open for 11 years. The new restaurant will have a patio and bar and seating for about 50. The hours are expected to be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily, although Waldron said that may change.
Google to invest more in Iowa
Google announced recently its plans to invest another $1 billion in the Council Bluffs data center, which brings the company’s total investment to about $2.5 billion. The increased investment caused the need for more data storage and Internet services, such as cloud storage support, Google search, YouTube and Android smartphone operating systems. Google, based in Mountain View, California, has about 300 on-site employees at the center, ranging from Google employees to contract workers. Google has promised to create 70 jobs in Council Bluffs in return for an additional $19.8 million sales and use tax refund from the state, bringing Iowa’s total investment to approximately $36.6 million for the data center.
New startup accelerator coming to Des Moines
At the beginning of May, the Greater Des Moines Partnership will launch Square One DSM, a startup development program. The purpose of Square One is to fill in the gap in growth that occurs between a startup’s early stages to the time it becomes a full-grown company. The idea for Square One came after the closing of StartupCity Des Moines, which was a former startup accelerator in the metro. Square One will focus on fast-tracking business development, and it will accept startups year-round. The program does not provide funding and does not take an ownership stake in participating startups. Square One will occupy 1,200 square feet of space in the historic Northwestern Hotel next to the Global Insurance Accelerator in the East Village, and it will fit about five startups depending on their size.
The Fresh Market announces store location
The Fresh Market recently made its formal announcement of the new store planned to open later this year at S. 60th Street and Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. The specialty food store signed a leasing agreement with Hurd Real Estate, the developer of Mills Crossing where the store will be located. Fresh Market also has a location in Cedar Rapids, which opened in October 2014.
New bar opens in former Beer Can Alley spot
The owner of Players Sports Bar & Grill in Beaverdale, Chelsie Lyons, opened a new bar in the space formerly occupied by Beer Can Alley. Carbon is located at 216 Court Ave. and offers karaoke nights, specials and a pool table, along with a D.J. on the weekends and live music on occasion. Lyons named Carbon after the chemical element, because she said it “represents the strongest molecular bond there is, like friendship.” Carbon is open 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday though Thursday; and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Call 280-5423 or find it on Facebook.
Businesses to move into redeveloped warehouse
In 1920, the Old Tavern Brewery was shut down by Prohibition. Now it’s getting a new brewery, in addition to several other businesses that will move into the renovated warehouse at the southwest corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and S.E. Third Street downtown. Rich Eychaner is the Des Moines developer taking on the project, which should be ready for its tenants by the end of summer. 3hundred Craft & Rooftop is the brewery set to move into the third floor of the building, using 2,800 square feet of inside space and about 3,500 square feet on the rooftop deck. An Anytime Fitness center will have about 7,000 square feet on the second floor, Guru BBQ will have 2,500 square feet on the first floor, and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will open its second location in Iowa in the building. CV