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West End Lounge Reopens at Drake

West End, on the 2300 block of Forest Avenue, has been a staple of Des Moines bar life for students
West End, on the 2300 block of Forest Avenue, has been a staple of Des Moines bar life for students
photo courtesy of google street view

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  • West End Regular 6 years ago

    Let's get the facts straight, here... The most recent owners shortened the hours, never put a penny into repairs or upgrades, and left it to collegiates to "run" at their own accord--which they did by giving drinks away to everyone they knew. By the end, that was all that was left. Absent owners, students giving drinks to their friends, while the place fell apart around them. The grand closing?? An attempt on capitalizing on the good name of the establishment over the last 40 years to pay off some bills, I assume. The "new" owner/manager taking over this mess is actually the previous owner from the late 1990s and early 2000s. He is the guy that expanded the hours to include Sundays, built the deck in back, and is responsible for the only improvements that place has seen in the last 10 years. Being able to keep the name "West End" is not only appropriate, it is a name the current owner deserves.

  • West End Regular 6 years ago

    Let's get the facts straight, here... The most recent owners shortened the hours, never put a penny into repairs or upgrades, and left it to collegiates to "run" at their own accord--which they did by giving drinks away to everyone they knew. By the end, that was all that was left. Absent owners, students giving drinks to their friends, while the place fell apart around them. The grand closing?? An attempt on capitalizing on the good name of the establishment over the last 40 years to pay off some bills, I assume. The "new" owner/manager taking over this mess is actually the previous owner from the late 1990s and early 2000s. He is the guy that expanded the hours to include Sundays, built the deck in back, and is responsible for the only improvements that place has seen in the last 10 years. Being able to keep the name "West End" is not only appropriate, it is a name the current owner deserves.

  • Joan C 6 years ago

    You and Sarah are both totally right. This place would never fly if it weren't named West End. The place is a total dump now though so it'd be awesome if they fixed it up... just a little tiny bit.

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