Construction begins at former Younkers building1/27/2016
You can’t keep a good building down. Preliminary works have begun for construction and renovation activities at the site of the former downtown Younkers building. According to city documents, Blackbird Investments is spearheading the projected $20 million effort to restore the west portion of the old department store originally known as the Wilkins Building.
Speaking of fire damage
Greater Des Moines Partnership has moved back into its old downtown digs at 700 Locust, the address it vacated as a result of fire damage caused by the inferno at the adjacent Younkers building. This tidbit comes from the lips of Partnership CEO Jay Byers at a Polk County Board of Supervisors meeting in January. He also announced the food court at that location would open in March.
Taco Hangover is coming soon to Des Moines, at least that’s what Riley Drive Entertainment’s website is advertising. They say they’ll have food, drink and fun at 265 50th St. in West Des Moines, which is the current address of Saints Pub, which is also run by Riley.
Sandwiches in the city
Manhatten Deli, a longtime Ingersoll delectable treat, has opened another location. The new shop is in West Des Moines where the old Limey’s Pub spot used to be – 1970 Grand Ave., Suite 29, behind the Hy-Vee shopping center.
New Mexican restaurant
More Mexican fare is headed to Ingersoll. Candela is reportedly opening where the former Red China Bistro was located at 2925 Ingersoll Ave. Abelardo’s and Panchero’s are already within a stone’s throw of the new spot, but this new restaurant aims to be more upscale and will serve drinks.
The Twisted Bean’s Urbandale location on Merle Hay has opened its drive-thru window for regular hours. They’re planning to open their doors sometime in February. Hours for the new Bean are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The address is 4504 Merle Hay Road, which is directly across from Charles Gabus Ford.
Scooter’s Coffee announced the opening of three new stores in the first half of 2016: Clive (opening February 2016); 99 University Ave. (opening April 2016); and Downtown Skywalk at Seventh and Locust (opening May 2016). The new stores mark the latest move in the company’s growth. The national coffee company currently has seven locations in Iowa and has plans to cultivate a large presence in the state.
The Doctor Is In
Scavo High School has a new dental clinic, and has already received its first patient — Junior Kody Lopez, according to the Des Moines Public School’s website. Nolden Gentry Dental Clinic is now open at the Central Campus clinic. It is the first of its kind at an Iowa school. Currently, the new facility serves just Scavo and Central Campus students but is aiming to eventually serve students across the entire district and their families.
Lord Midas of Des Moines is open for business in downtown at 405 Sixth Ave. The new Lord’s flagship store is located in the heart of the metro’s financial center and dedicated to niche and Italian designers. That’s code for “deep pockets.” More code: Its website touts that they have the finest of “Made in Italy.” Hmm… Is the Great Recession over in downtown or what?
Dude, where’s my caucus?
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know it’s time to huddle up and start figuring out who will be the next leader of the free world. Iowa holds its first-in-the-nation caucuses on Monday, Feb. 1. You can find out where your caucus location is, or if it has moved, by going to the Secretary of State’s website at http://sos.iowa.gov/. You must be registered to vote and be affiliated with the political party with which you wish to participate. Make sure you can prove who you are and where you live if you’re registering at the event. CV