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A popular sports bar and restaurant on Ingersoll Avenue is closing its doors.

After 26 years, Zimm's Food & Spirits, located at 3124 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines, is closing permanently. Its final day in operation will be May 31.

Zimm's is known for being a great place to watch games on TV or play pool, darts and foosball. Menu offerings include apps like wings and nachos, burgers, sandwiches and chargrilled pizzas.

Owner Doug Zimmerman, 55, bought the restaurant and bar during the floods of 1993. At the time, the spot was called The Duck Blind.

"When the floods hit, I had a cabin cruiser at Saylorville and it sank," Zimmerman said. "When I found out about that, I came back here and, after a bit too much tequila at The Duck Blind, the next morning, the guy calls me up and I asked my partner what we did last night and he said that, 'I think we bought a bar on Ingersoll.' So I moved back from Arizona and opened up Zimm's."

The Des Moines native had lived in the Florida Keys and Phoenix, Arizona, before moving to Des Moines to operate the bar.

Zimmerman said a new owner will take over the property on June 1. It is unclear at this time who the new owner is, what the new venue will be or when it will open.

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Zimmerman said he plans to have a closing celebration or two. "We don't know what we're going to do yet, but we're going to have some fun."

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