A number of Des Moines Metro restaurants have made news recently due to remodeling efforts. Here is a look of some of the recent changes.
Sakari Sushi Lounge, located at 2605 Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines, has finished their expansion into the neighboring space. The sushi lounge re-opened last night after months of construction, including closing down from December 22 to December 27 and January 5 to January 12 to complete the final two stages of renovations. Sakari passed their final inspections on Monday, and now the restaurant can accommodate roughly twice the customer load.
Chef David Baruthio opens his latest project tonight. Blue Tomato Kitchen (he changed the name recently from Piazza 63) had a soft opening last night and officially opens its doors for dinner at 4 p.m. today. The restaurant, located in the renovated Papa Lacona's space at 860 1st Street in West Des Moines, is Baruthio's third in the Metro. The menu features Italian favorites like Pork Piccata ($16), Pasta Carbonara ($13), Romana Pizza ($14/$18), and Beef Carpaccio ($14). Blue Tomato Kitchen will be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
British restaurant/pub Royal Mile is embarking on some renovations as well. The Downtown Des Moines hot spot, located at 210 4th Street, is putting in new bathrooms. The project is expected to take until around January 22 to complete.
Delta House Sports Bar & Grill opened recently in the spot that formerly house Gil T's Bar & Grill at 918 East Euclid Avenue in Des Moines. The fraternity-themed joint is long on the bar and short on the grill, providing only a small menu of mostly burgers, sandwiches, fried foods, and wings. Delta House's kitchen is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and most evenings. The bar is open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Delta House's new interior includes sports memorabilia, Greek fraternity paddles and posters, and six televisions with NFL Sunday Ticket and the Big Ten Network.
In one other remodeling note, Trostel's Greenbriar Restaurant (5810 Merle Hay Road in Johnston) has almost finished remodeling their restaurant and bar. Greenbriar has remained open through all of the work, which started back in November. The remodel includes new tile, carpeting, tables, chairs, booths, and paint. Everything has been completed now except for the new paint in the bar, which management is hoping to have completed in the next couple of weeks.