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A downtown barbecue restaurant has closed its doors to make way for a new restaurant.

After almost 11 months in business, Butcher's BBQ & Brews, located at 300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, #170 in Des Moines is closed for rebranding.

The barbecue eatery was known for its Texas-style smoked meats, flavored with dry rubs and hickory wood blend, including brisket, ribs, chicken, pulled pork and sausage.

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"We want to thank all of our customers for the great run with Butcher's," the Facebook post read. "We will be closing today and changing our concept and rebranding under the same ownership. We are all extremely excited for this big change and can't wait to share it with all of you. All rewards points and loyalty rewards will be transferred over."

A sign placed on the door of the restaurant on Saturday afternoon confirmed the statement. A new restaurant concept is now in the works for the space. 

The restaurant is owned by Aaron Brown and Corey Butcher. Butcher, born in Des Moines but raised in Texas, currently owns five franchises of Fuzzy's Taco Shops in Iowa, along with health clubs in the Dallas, Texas area. Brown acted as the pitmaster and general manager of the restaurant. 

The restaurant employed about 30 people in various service and kitchen positions.

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