An old restaurant has returned, a much-anticipated new restaurant has opened, and yet another new restaurant is being planned. Here are the details.
La Pizza House is making a comeback...again. The restaurant opened in the 1950's at 1013 Southeast 14th Street in Des Moines and then closed multiple times in the last couple of years. They are now back again, though they moved about two blocks to the old Los Compadres location at 1440 Maury Street. The restaurant, known for their thin crust pizzas and breaded onion rings, opened last week. La Pizza House is open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
San Auen has finally opened the long-awaited Tacopocalypse restaurant. Auen's catering and farmer's market favorite now has a permanent home in the former Luna Bistro location at 621 Des Moines Street in the East Village. Auen held soft opening events on Wednesday and Thursday, and the restaurant began regular business hours today. The restaurant's menu fuses Asian and Latin cuisines, and features taco varieties like Bacon Chorizo, Korean Chicken, Bulgogi, and Wasabi Brisket on hand-pressed tortillas. The menu also includes burritos, nachos, sandwiches, quesadillas, appetizers, soups, and vegan options. Tacopocalypse's hours are Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Finally, the Des Moines Social Club announced through a press release on Tuesday that Orchestrate Hospitality has signed a lease to develop a restaurant in the DMSC's new home at the soon-to-be-renovated downtown firehouse at 900 Mulberry Street. Orchestrate is the team behind Des Moines favorites like Centro, Django, and Zombie Burger. Award-winning Orchestrate chef George Formaro will team with Paul Rottenberg to develop the concept for the restaurant. Orchestrate will reportedly have close to 6000 square feet to work with, plus they will have outdoor patio seating along Mulberry Street. They are targeting a spring 2014 opening.