New Puerto Rican restaurant to open in Windsor Heights in former space of The Last Stand
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Monica Torres, 30, of Des Moines will open Puerto Rico Restaurant near June 15 in the former space of The Last Stand Bar & Grill in the Windsor Heights Town Center.
The restaurant at 6611 University Avenue, Suite 101 will offer a wide assortment of classic Puerto Rican food like empanadas, mofongos (meat-filled deep-fried plantain balls served with dipping sauce) and arroz con gandules y pollo (a chicken and rice dish with pigeon peas).
Lunch sandwiches and quick-order food will be featured along with the option to order specialties off the full menu.
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The dining room has been refreshed with new furniture and Puerto Rican art and pictures and the Puerto Rican flag hangs prominently in the 50-seat space.
Torres will act as chef and manager of the restaurant.
Dishes will average $10 and a kids' menu will be available, along with a selection of Puerto Rican desserts like tembleque, a jiggly coconut dessert pudding.
Torres, her father, her cousins and her husband Jesus, who owns two locations of Douglas Auto Island dealerships, all moved to Des Moines to escape the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Torres' mother lived in Des Moines until she died when Torres was 14.
Puerto Rico Restaurant
Opening date: June 15-20.
Location: 6611 University Ave., Ste. 101
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Mondays.
Contact: (787) 432-3045; Facebook