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West End Architectural Salvage: The sequel


West End Architectural Salvage is opening a second location at the West Glen Town Center in West Des Moines. The unique retailer of architectural salvage objects and re-purposed furniture is known for its custom-designed conversation pieces and interior designs. The store will attempt to duplicate the same look, feel and energy in West Glen as downtown. A soft opening is scheduled for mid-March, with a grand opening to be held in mid-April.

Donuts gone for dollars?
There are rumblings that the winner of Cityview’s Best Donuts of Des Moines, Donut King, located at 220 Grand Ave. in West Des Moines, will have to move due to a “larger neighborhood revitalization” project. The city is talking about an overhaul of the area along Grand Avenue and First Street in West Des Moines. According to city documents, if all goes according to plan, there would be “redevelopment to the south of the True Value and Blue Tomato buildings, which will now include a Dollar Tree and Auto Zone. Sully’s would be relocated from its current location directly south to a pad site. It is hoped that another high-end user would be identified for the space that Crystal’s will be vacating. Crystal’s has changed its business model and will downsize and relocate to the back building.” The same city documents says the city is in the process of purchasing the land where the Vet Clinic and Sully’s are currently located as part of the storm sewer project.

The former North End Diner in Johnston is set to be torn down.

The former North End Diner in Johnston is set to be torn down.

Demolition permits issued for North End Diner and old hotel
Remember the North End Diner and Best Western Hotel at 5055 Merle Hay Road? Demolition permits have been issued for the six buildings at that address by the city of Johnston, and demolition is currently underway. The businesses closed more than six years ago, and the structures have been vacant since. Johnston’s Merle Hay Road Gateway Redevelopment Plan, adopted in 2013, calls for the redevelopment of this area, and according to city leaders, this demolition action will help make that happen faster. DeCarlo Demolition will complete the teardown on behalf of the owner, Metro Lodging, L.C., in the estimated span of two months.

Six Pancheros
A new Pancheros Mexican Grill is open for business at 2708 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines. The store’s weekly hours are Sunday through Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. This is the sixth Des Moines-area location. Pancheros’ menu features a variety of selections such as burritos, tacos, quesadillas and burrito bowls.

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Inside at the Twisted Bean
Urbandale’s new Twisted Bean Coffee Company has opened its doors to welcome customers inside its bakery and cafe for the first time at 4504 Merle Hay Road. The new store’s weekly hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Twisted Bean has been serving coffee at its Southeast 14th Street location since 2006, but it’s a drive-up only. This will be the first time The Bean will be offering seating and a full menu to go along with wine, beer and coffee.

Greetings downtown Dweller
There will soon be new dwellings coming to 915 Mulberry St., and the new digs will be called Dwell Apartments. Permits have been pulled, and cranes have been spotted at the western part of downtown. The new development is owned by Hubbell Tower II LLC.  The plan is for a new five-story, 63-unit apartment building with first-floor parking and residential units on the upper four stories.  CV

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