Argentinian restaurant closes after three months in Windsor Heights to relocate
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An Argentinian restaurant in Des Moines is closing after three months in Windsor Heights and plans to relocate to a location on Ingersoll Avenue in October, the owner said.
Al Punto: A Taste of Argentine, located at 6611 University Avenue in Windsor Heights in the former spot of Saison Kitchen + Pub and Blue Tomato, has closed its doors.
Owner, Marco Finzi, confirmed the closing in a text message and said the restaurant is going to be opening in another location soon.
Al Punto was known for its tables equipped with parrilladas, or mini-barbecues — also called braseros — heated with wood embers and laden with beef, chicken, sausages and vegetables. Dipping sauces and side dishes like empanadas were served alongside.
Before Finzi moved to Des Moines in October, he lived in Miami for 20 years, working for a store called Marky's Caviar and Gourmet Food Company. He also worked as a chef for Burt & Jack's in Fort Lauderdale for three years, co-owned by the late Burt Reynolds.
But his experience is much broader: Finzi moved to California from France in 1977 before relocating to Scottsdale, Arizona; Illinois; New York City; Florida; Guatemala; Venezuela; France; Brazil and Spain. Then he moved back to Miami. He owned or worked in restaurants in all those places along the way, amassing 47 years of restaurant experience.
The new location for his restaurant and its opening date have yet to be announced.