Take a peek at this new restaurant opening on Ingersoll Avenue in December
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A new restaurant is nearing completion at The Soll, a new building on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines.
Teddy Maroon's, a new neighborhood bar and grill from Chris Diebel and Kolby Jones — the creators of Bubba — will open its doors in mid-December, and the finer details are beginning to take shape.
The name "Teddy Maroon's" is a play on Bubba's LLC, Teddy Maroons.
"I went to Roosevelt and my business partner went to Dowling, and Dowling's mascot is the Maroons," Diebel said.
Diebel said his partner, Kolby, mentioned how "Teddy Maroon's" would be an awesome name for a restaurant on Ingersoll Avenue since Ingersoll is an epicenter of Des Moines restaurants.
"A large amount of Dowling and Roosevelt alumni are from that area or live in that area, so the name is a perfect fit," Diebel said. "It embraces the cultural attributes of the neighborhood as home, and it is just really fun."
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Tag Grandgeorge, chef and owner of the now-closed Le Jardin, will oversee the kitchen, and he brought his sous chef, Ashton Cross with him. They are currently finalizing the menu that will bring a wide assortment of elevated pub food to Ingersoll's "restaurant row."
Diners can expect fun twists on appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, side dishes, entrées, pasta bowls and Saturday/Sunday brunch items. Fresh rolls and bread for menu items will be provided by South Union Bakery. Prices will range from $9 to $25 with an average of $15.
Teddy Maroon's will be under the direction of Chase Eslinger, former operations director for Gusto, and his assistant manager is Andrew Scheiwe, formerly of Sam & Gabe's, who will also oversee the cocktail program.
The fully-equipped bar features polished concrete floors and 16 assorted craft, domestic and light beers on tap with a carbon dioxide-charged instant glass chiller. A focus on fresh juices will be in effect, along with a wine list of American vintages.
Diebel is excited about the decor of the restaurant that will capture the feel of the neighborhood using a palette of navy, grey, maroon and white. Diebel hired Des Moines art consultant Liz Lidgett, another Roosevelt alum, to create a neighborhood-appropriate setting in the space.
- Custom posters designed by graphic designer John Bosley
- A wall of felt pennant flags representing every neighborhood in the area
- Three matching panels of high school attire by local artist, Jimmy Navarro
- A custom wood piece by Van Holmgren
Yearbook photos of prominent Des Moines residents will be featured along the hall leading to the bathrooms. Random photos from yearbooks going as from as far back as the 1940s will be used for the display. "That includes lots of beehives, '80s crimps and horn-rimmed glasses," Diebel said.
Cozy, wide-slat booths seating four to six people fill the whitewashed brick and herringbone-wallpapered dining room accented with black pendant lighting and X-shaped wine cubbies. Four-tops and deuces are set with honey-ash wood and iron chairs upholstered with baseball glove leather and navy-camel-white pinstripe fabric.
Roll-down shades will mute the ample natural light from the restaurant's 14-foot-tall plate glass windows during bright days. But in the afternoons, the outdoor patio will be completely shaded, adding 50 seats to the indoor seating of 88.
Bar seating will be available with high-top tables along the windows and high-top banquettes along the far wall for a total of 38 seats. There will be no TVs in the dining room, but the bar will feature three 75-inch TVs and two 65-inch TVs for game watching. Music will be a lively mix of top-40 hits — from oldies and classic rock to Motown and modern pop.
The party room, with its drop ceiling, crown molding and can lights, will seat 26 people for rollover dining — perfect for private parties and business meetings. The room features a gas fireplace and a smart TV for presentations and games. The room is decorated with box-framed books and vintage Des Moines maps from the 1800s and can be closed off from the main dining area by warehouse-style doors with frosted glass.
Access to the restaurant will be from the front or the back. The back entrance will feature planter boxes made from old globes.
Reservations for the dining room will be available on OpenTable, but the bar area will be first-come, first served. Hours will be Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Diebel said there is plenty of street parking on Ingersoll Avenue and there is also a pay lot behind the restaurant. Parking in the lot is free with receipt validation from the restaurant. A B-Cycle rack is located on the landscaped sidewalk, and regular bike racks will be located along the side of the building.