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Good news, beer fans: Barn Town Brewery, the latest brewpub to enter the Des Moines area, plans to open its doors Monday. Get to know the food and beer you'll expect to find at Barn Town in the Juice interview with the brewpub's owner. Spoiler: mac and cheese is included. 

On the map. 

The James Beard Foundation awards announced semifinalists Wednesday morning and included on the list (for the second straight year) is Alba chef Joe Tripp. Considered the "Oscars of food," Tripp is one of 20 chefs nominated for the "Best Chef: Midwest" category. Read the full story here.

There's a new diner in town. 

After a lengthy search, the Des Moines Register has found a new Datebook Diner: Emily Ekle. The Iowa native and Ankeny resident starts scouring the Des Moines dining scene Feb. 23. Learn all about her in this Q and A interview.

Happy hour highlight:

Need weekend plans? We've got ya covered. 

  • Starting Friday: The locally-produced musical "Tick, Tick ... Boom!" takes over the Noce stage. More information at nocedsm.com
  • Friday-Sunday: The "No Coast" play written by Raygun's Mike Draper and starring "Iowa Nice Guy" Scott Siepker continues to run on Grand View University campus. More information at nocoastplay.com.
  • Friday: Des Moines soul group The Maytags brings a collection of love songs for a one-night performance at Vaudeville Mews. More information at vaudevillemews.com
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