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It's official: El Aguila Real Mexican Restaurant is making a comeback.

According to a Facebook post on Connolly Realty Group's page, El Aguila Real is moving into the old Famous Dave’s location at 4351 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines.

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"It is official we have helped Juan at El Aguila Real move to a new location close to Beaverdale," the post reads. "He should be opening this spring at the Old Famous Daves on Merle Hay Road. Cheers, see you there!"

El Aguila Real's original location at 3520 Beaver Ave. in Beaverdale took on five feet of water during a flood that peaked on the evening of June 30, 2018, and continued into the next day.

"We just got the deal and we are going to start to do the remodel," said Juan Ayala, co-owner of El Aguila Real. He said he does not have an opening date at this time, but will have a better idea in a few months once the project is underway. Ayala said he is planning to get a liquor license for the new location as well.

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El Aguila Real had been in the same neighborhood for more than 23 years, opening its doors in 1996 and serving classic Mexican specialties like fajitas, chimichangas and huevos rancheros.

All of the recipes on the menu are Ayala's, and he plans to keep the menu the same, but also have more specialties and authentic dishes at the new location.

Ayala said the owners of the flooded building are not interested in repairing the space for another restaurant tenant and the space is empty at this time.

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Kitchen and dining room employees at the old El Aguila Real location are currently working at other restaurants around Iowa, but they will be coming back to work at the new location once it opens, Ayala said.

Ayala owns El Aguila Real with his three partners. They own other restaurants in small Iowa towns like Winterset, Muscatine, Knoxville, Oskaloosa and Ottumwa. "But this is my first one in Iowa," he told the Register in July. "The little kids I saw when I first started here, they know my name and they know me and now they are in their 30s."

The Merle Hay Famous Dave's restaurant closed in April 2017, but the Famous Dave’s restaurant at 1720 22nd St. in West Des Moines is still open.

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