The past few weeks have seen restaurants open, restaurants close, and new restaurants announced. Here are some the stories that you may have missed.
Chef Sam Auen will be moving his East Village restaurant Tacopocalypse to make room for a new restaurant. After City Bakery vacates at 407 East Fifth Street (they are relocating as well), Tacopocalypse will make that space their new home. (City Bakery has not announced where in the East Village they are moving yet.) Auen will then start a new restaurant in Tacopocalypse’s current location at 621 Des Moines Street. Auen has dubbed the new restaurant Krunkwich Ramen House (say that 5 times fast). He describes Krunkwich as a Japanese and Korean influenced noodle and sandwich bar featuring his special handmade noodles. The restaurant will offer a number of ramen, pho, and banh mi dishes. Auen is targeting early June to open Tacopocalypse at its new digs, and late July/early August for Krunkwich’s debut.
Jason Simon (Alba) opened his new casual, Mediterranean restaurant Eatery A at 2932 Ingersoll Avenue on April 22. The design team did a magnificent job with the remodel of the old Blockbuster Video building, creating a beautiful interior for the restaurant, and a lovely patio as well. The menu will feature wood oven pizzas, pasta dishes, grilled meats, seafood, and vegetarian options, and it is set up for tapas (small plate) dining or full meals. No plate is priced over $15. Eatery A is open 3 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 3 to 10 p.m. on Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Monday.
Chef George Formaro’s newest creation, Malo will open in the new Des Moines Social Club (900 Mulberry Street in Downtown Des Moines) on May 14, but you can get a sneak peak at the new Latin restaurant at the DMSC’s Grand Opening Party on May 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. Malo will feature Havana cocktails and Formaro’s take on Mexican cuisine. The huge menu will feature everything from nachos, tacos, papusas, and salads to steaks, chops, seafood, enchiladas, sandwiches, and fusion dishes. The prices will fit any budget, too, ranging from $3 Beef Barbacoa Tacos to the $34.99 Malo Filet (an 8-ounce herb-rubbed filet with lobster and salsa blanca). Malo will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.
Tamale’s Industry has moved from their location at 2728 2nd Avenue to the Merle Hay Mall food court. The restaurant had their soft opening today and is still on a date for their grand opening. The menu will not change much, but the restaurant will be open a great deal more hours than they were on 2nd Avenue. The Mexican restaurant’s new hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Tommy Millang, owner of Johnny’s Hall of Fame on Court Avenue, has purchased the building that housed Sbrocco Wine Bar & Restaurant and Shorty’s just up the street. Millang plans to open a new restaurant in the main level space, where Sbrocco operated, while keeping Shorty’s (the basement dive bar) going below. No other details have been announced yet.
Finally, Felix and Oscar’s has closed their West Des Moines location (4801 Westown Parkway). The lease there was up, and F&O’s ownership decided to begin searching for a new spot to house the pizza pub. The 4050 Merle Hay Road location will continue to operate as normal.