Jason Simon, creator of two popular Des Moines restaurants — Alba and Eatery A — is teaming up with chef Joe Tripp to open Harbinger, a small plate restaurant to be located in the former Bistro Montage space.
Harbinger will focus on locally sourced dishes, Simon said. He expects the restaurant at 2724 Ingersoll Ave. to open early to mid-March.
Tripp, a 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalist for Best Chef Midwest, is creating the menu for Harbinger.
“We’ll work with five or six farmers,” Simon said. “It will be a farm-to-table restaurant with a focus on veggies.” The menu is expected to include 12 to 15 small plate options and three to five protein offerings, he said.
Bistro Montage closed at the end of 2016. Owner and chef Enosh Kelley opened the French bistro 2000. It was one of the first French restaurants in the city, offering fine dining in a small intimate setting.
Simon said the space’s romantic style made it a perfect location for Harbinger. “And we like the neighborhood,” he said, noting his Eatery A restaurant at 2932 Ingersoll Ave., which Simon created in 2014 in a former Blockbuster Video store. His Alba restaurant has been in Des Moines' East Village neighborhood since 2008 and is known for its American bistro menu and salvaged wooden doors hanging from the ceiling.
Simon is working on some updates to the Harbinger space, which will seat about 60.
Hours for the new restaurant will be 4 p.m. to close (an unspecified time, depending on crowds) Wednesday through Sunday.