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Restaurant opens in former Dahl’s in Ankeny



The Fletcher Kitchen + Bar is Ankeny’s newest homegrown restaurant and is open for business. The new eatery is housed in the former Dahl’s Foods store that has been transformed into seating for approximately 360 in the main dining room, bar, cafe and patio. The menu includes ribs, prime rib grilled cheese sandwiches, pork belly nachos, lettuce wraps, cedar plank halibut and a variety of burgers, soups and salads to go with appetizers like “Not Your Mama’s Deviled Eggs.” Call 515-963-9632 or visit


Dino’s opens

Dino’s Bar & Grill is open at 5962 Ashworth Road in West Des Moines at the former site of the Kabab House. The restaurant seats 50 people and serves both lunch and dinner. The hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant can be contacted at 515-809-1708.

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Vivian’s Diner

A new downtown Des Moines diner is scheduled to open in August. Vivian’s Diner and Drinks will open its doors at the former Gramercy Tap inside the Hotel Kirkwood building at 400 Walnut St. in downtown Des Moines. The new diner will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The “modern” diner’s menu will include nearly two-dozen breakfast items along with salads, sandwiches and burgers.

Remodeled Willis Lexus Dealership

The Willis Lexus auto dealership at 2121 N.W. 100th St. in Clive recently reopened a remodeled facility. The updated dealership has a larger showroom, a waiting area for 30 people, a snack and coffee bar and a children’s entertainment area. The 40,000-square-foot dealership is only a part of the overall Willis Auto Campus. The showroom is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 855-362-7601 or visit


Blazing fast

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, a fast and affordable artisanal restaurant, is now open. The first of its kind restaurant in Iowa is in the downtown entertainment and retail development near Principal Park in the 300 MLK building at the southwest corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Southwest Third Street. Blaze’s 2,100-square-foot eatery offers seating for 68 people inside and another 48 outside. The open-kitchen format allows customers to watch as the pizzas are being constructed. The store offers a variety of pizza options, including gluten-free dough and vegan cheese. Craft beer and wines are also available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 515-518-0013 or visit


New restaurant in Dos Rios location

An entirely new restaurant concept is slated to open in the former Dos Rios building, which closed last November. The new eatery is being transformed into Goldfinch, which will focus on fresh and local ingredients and will serve healthy fare. The plan is to open in the fall. Renovations began recently on the 8,000-square-foot space at 316 Court Ave. The prior restaurant’s dark, rich décor will be changed into a brighter and lighter space. The new menu will change with the seasons, but will include fresh foods provided by Waukee’s Sunstead Farm. The Goldfinch menu will be refined to fresh and healthy food.


Ranallo’s is closing

Ranallo’s on 3rd, an Ankeny restaurant committed to using only fresh ingredients for homemade dishes, is closing as of July 16. The restaurant has been open for 12 years, but owner and chef, Pete Ranallo, said he wants to spend more time with his family. If you want to get in before it’s gone, the hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Call 515-964-9510 or visit CV

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