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For seven years, this upscale Asian restaurant in West Des Moines has been serving traditional Lao and Thai specialties. Diners could spice up their dishes with a heat level from one to five.

But now it's time for owner Chad Lovan to move on to new things. Lemon Grass, at 1221 8th Street in West Des Moines, is closing up shop after its final day of service on Saturday.

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"I'm just ready for a change," Lovan said. "I have some new projects coming up that I would like to do."

The small restaurant is known for its comfortable ambiance, egg rolls, noodle and rice dishes, adjustable spice levels ranging from mild to "angry." The restaurant originally opened in 2007 in Clive at 12871 University Avenue before moving to its current location in 2011.

Lovan hinted that he will be looking to do something else at a different location in the Des Moines metro.

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Lemon Grass will have its last day of service on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lovan said he is looking forward to seeing all of his customers for the last time in a Facebook post on the restaurant's page.

"We would love to see some old faces stop by for our final weekend," Lovan said in the post.

"I want to thank all my customers and patrons and friends for coming out and supporting me for the past seven years," Lovan said. "I got a lot of great support from the locals and I appreciate them for supporting me."

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