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Chuck's gets sold, Scooter's opens, and El Ray prepares to move

Chuck's Restaurant is located at 3610 6th Avenue in Des Moines.
Chuck's Restaurant is located at 3610 6th Avenue in Des Moines.
Charles Walton

Last week ended with more restaurant news in the Metro. A Des Moines fixture was sold, a new coffee shop opened, and a restaurant announced a move.

Chuck's Restaurant (3610 6th Avenue in Des Moines) lost long-time owner Linda Bisignano in November of last year. Bisignano, an anchor in the community, lost her 25-year battle with cancer at the age of 64 after running the restaurant her had parents opened (in 1956) for almost 40 years. Bisignano's wish, when looking for a buyer for Chuck's last year, was that whoever took over would continue her restaurant's Thanksgiving tradition of feeding the poor, elderly, and disabled. Now, nearly 4 months after her death, Chuck's has a buyer. Emily Anderson, a manager at Saints Pub & Patio in Beaverdale, has purchased the Des Moines institution. Anderson will take over on Monday, March 3 and close the restaurant until March 11. Anderson, whose last night at Saints was Saturday, plans on keeping things largely the same, including the staff and menu. She also plans on keeping the Thanksgiving tradition alive.

Scooter's Coffee & Yogurt opened Wednesday of last week at 206 6th Avenue in the Midland Building in Downtown Des Moines, The spot formerly that housed Amici Espresso and then, temporarily, Hippee Coffee is now the third Scooter's in the Metro. A fourth Scooter's will open at 1315 31st Street on March 7. The Downtown Scooter's held an open house on Friday.

El Ray Mexican Restaurant in West Des Moines is moving. Instead of renewing his lease, Owner Ray Hernandez has chosen to move the restaurant from its current location at 1960 Grand Avenue in West Des Moines to the old Angelo's Pizza spot up the street at 1301 Grand Avenue. Hernandez has closed the old El Ray's location and hopes to reopen at the new location by the end of the month.