The Des Moines restaurant scene continues to grow. For those of you that may not have heard, here is a look at several more dining options that have opened, or will soon, in the Des Moines Metro area.
Des Moines' first all-vegan restaurant finally opened in December after months of anticipation and delays. New World Cafe has opened its doors at 228 East Walnut Street in Des Moines' East Village and it promises to be a new breed of restaurant. New World Cafe supports local organic farms and small/local businesses and composts all food scraps. The restaurant has a non-hierarchical work environment and offers volunteer opportunities. The restaurant also provides at least one sliding-scale (pay what you can afford) menu item and has numerous nut-free and gluten-free options. New World Cafe, piloted by Adam Senecaut and Madeline Krantz, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. They are closed Sundays.
Abelardo's has opened a second and third restaurant in the Des Moines area and has a fourth on the way. The family-run Mexican chain that started in Omaha first opened a Des Moines location about a year ago at 2510 Ingersoll Avenue. Late last year, owner Abelardo Gonzalez opened West Des Moines locations at 300 Grand Avenue and 5525 Mills Civic Parkway. Gonzalez's fourth Metro restaurant is due to open in late January or early February at 5525 Douglas Avenue. All of the Abelardo's locations will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Joe and Nicki Romare, owners of the bar Whiskey River in Ames, plan on opening a new alehouse and restaurant in the location that formerly housed Cory's Irish Pub at 110 First Street Southeast in Bondurant. The establishment does not have a name yet, but the Romares are targeting a February or March opening.
Tacopocalypse has made a name for themselves at Metro farmers markets and special events, as well as The Cumming Tap and the Bombay Bicycle Club. Soon they will be serving their menu of Latin and Asian tacos and specialties for lunch and dinner at a new nightclub in Clive, sort of. Bombay Bicycle Club, where Tacopocalypse is currently headquartered, has closed and is being revamped into The Point. The Point is set to celebrate their Grand Opening on January 11 and 12, and the establishment will feature a full bar, a patio, pool tables, a dance floor, live music, food, and more.