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A popular Latin restaurant in downtown Des Moines is closing its doors briefly.

Malo, located at 900 Mulberry St., closed its doors on Monday, May 27 and will remain closed for approximately 10 days, according to a news release from Orchestrate Hospitality.

The restaurant will renovate its bar and patio for the summer along with food and cocktail menu updates.

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“Since opening in 2014, Malo has become a destination for Des Moines diners,” said Paul Rottenberg, Malo operating partner. “We’re excited to unveil these changes to shine a light on our outstanding bar program and introduce a wider variety of flavors to our menus.”

Malo’s current bar will be transformed with a new layout highlighting a central bar extending into the dining room.

This new U-shaped arrangement will showcase Malo’s revamped beverage program and create an interactive, social area perfect for gathering with friends.

In addition, Malo’s lively patio will gain a new exterior bar offering al fresco drink service.

To join Malo’s current menu favorites and tacos (now available in platters), new items from Executive Chef Partner George Formaro offer diners a wider variety of Mexican flavors.

The new “wood-fired fajitas and cazuelas (casseroles or one-pot meals)” section is full of classic Mexican cuisine with a home-style, rustic twist.

A “chilled” section on Malo’s dinner menu features coastal favorites like oyster ceviche, shrimp campechana (cocktail), and seared tuna. The refreshing cucumber and jicama ceviche will be a must-try. 

The cocktail menu is undergoing a summer spruce-up as well. Malo is engaging Aubrey Howard, partner and creative director of 10 INC, a Chicago-based consultancy formed out of the ranks of The Violet Hour’s rigorous bar program with a hand in successful and innovative beverage offerings across the continent.

Howard's cocktail list for Malo will introduce a new level of cocktail selections and encourage exploration of traditional preparations with a twist (alongside Malo’s signature margaritas). Additionally, Malo will feature a large selection of tequila and mezcal.

Malo is also proud to welcome Todd Millang to the restaurant’s ownership group. As co-owner of RoCA and Johnny’s Hall of Fame, he has a dedicated history of advancing Des Moines’s cocktail culture. 

“Todd shares our vision and commitment to hospitality,” Rottenberg said. “With his strengths and interests, we’re establishing a natural partnership that will build on Malo’s success.”

“I’m excited to join Paul and George in the next phase of Malo’s growth,” he added. “Malo is one of my favorite Des Moines restaurants and a downtown landmark — I look forward to working with the team and expanding what we can offer our guests.”

For updates and sneak peeks, guests can follow along on Facebook and Instagram at @MaloDSM.

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Malo

Location: 900 Mulberry St., Des Moines

Hours: After reopening, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Contact: (515) 244-5000; malodesmoines.com; Facebook

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