Lurra Cocina closes in downtown Des Moines
After less than a year in business, Lurra Cocina, the Spanish tapas restaurant in downtown Des Moines, shuttered its doors abruptly Saturday night.
Lurra Cocina opened last October at 1420 Locust St. in Western Gateway with a view of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Saturday, a sign on the front door of the restaurant stated, “Unfortunately, Lurra Cocina will not be open this evening, Saturday, June 18, due to an unforeseen emergency. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
At about 5:45 p.m. Saturday, the restaurant's staff walked into neighboring +39 Italian Restaurant, Market & Cantina in their uniforms.
A new concept is expected to take over the location in mid-July, Josh Van Ryswyk said in an email, but he could not elaborate.
Van Ryswyk, who is general manager of the new concept, said the original plan was to keep Lurra Cocina open through the Des Moines Art Festival, which is June 24-26, "then close for renovations."
"Tonight we had some unexpected extenuating circumstances arise and were forced to close,” Van Ryswyk said.
When Lurra Cocina opened, Nick Illingworth headed up the kitchen, Mike Crownover worked as the general manager and developer Spencer Vandeberg was behind the scenes. On Saturday, Illingworth, who worked at The Cheese Shop, Blue Tomato Kitchen and Flying Mango, said he may head to Lyon, France, for a month to work at a restaurant there.
Datebook Diner Karla Walsh gave the menu of tapas and paella three-and-a-half stars in a February review of the restaurant.