One local restaurant will host a beer summit of Iowa craft breweries, while a closed restaurant could get a major overhaul. Here is a look at what is making news on the Des Moines restaurant scene right now.
El Bait Shop will host over thirty Iowa craft breweries on Saturday, October 5 from 3 to 7 p.m. The event, dubbed the Little Giant Beer Summit, has no admission charge and will take place in El Bait Shop's parking lot. One drink ticket is $2.50 and is good for a 5-ounce draw. Ten tickets may be purchased for $20. There will also be food available for purchase outside from Tacopocalypse, The Cheese Shop of Des Moines, and Mo' Rub. Commemorative mugs may be purchased for $7.50. The list of the Iowa craft breweries that will be represented at the event includes: 515 Brewing (Des Moines), Albia Brewing (Albia), Backpocket Brewing (Coralville), Boone Valley Brewing (Boone), Broad Street Brewing (Reinbeck), C.I.B. (Chefs In Black) Brewery (Carson), Confluence Brewery (Des Moines), Exile Brewing (Des Moines), Franklin Street Brewing (Manchester), Granite City (Clive), Great River (Davenport), Guerilla Brewing (Waterloo), Hop Head Brewing (Des Moines), Kalona Brewing (Kalona), Keg Creek Brewing (Glendale), Lost Duck Brewing (Ft. Madison), Madhouse Brewing (Newton), Millstream Brewing (Amana), New American Brewing (Ankeny), Peacetree Brewing (Knoxville), Rock Bottom Brewery (West Des Moines), Singlespeed Brewing (Cedar Falls), Sutliff Cider (Lisbon), Toppling Goliath Brewing (Decorah), Twisted Vine Brewery (St Charles), Van Houzen Brewing (Newton), West Okoboji Beer (Spencer), and Worth Brewing (Northwood).
Also in the Downtown area, the vacant building that most recently housed Judge Roy Bean's in 2008 could house a new restaurant or bar again in the not so distant future. Developers Tim Rypma and Norris Partners, LLC have submitted renovation plans to the Des Moines Urban Design Review Board for the historic building, which was built in 1880. The plan is to restore the historic storefront while preparing the inside and alley to house a new restaurant or bar, complete with a patio, sometime in 2014.