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A new restaurant and bar have opened near the Raccoon River Valley Trail in Dallas Center.

The HandleBar, located at 1607 Sugar Grove Avenue, opened June 13 with a wide-ranging menu of appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches, entrees, kids' meals and desserts.

The restaurant features an outdoor patio with a pond on two acres that guests can roam while enjoying selections from a full bar with 32 craft beers and other beverages on tap.

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Owners Nehru Cheddie and Jeremy Boysen, both of Des Moines, wanted to open a craft beer destination that would appeal to cyclists, day-trippers and locals alike.

The handle on the food

There's a wide range of different food items to enjoy at The HandleBar. The kitchen is overseen by chef Brandon Carter.

"We have a limited menu to keep the quality up," said general Scott Selim. "We will have specials using local ingredients or just something unique."

Sandwiches and burgers are served with a choice of fries, chips, edamame or fried polenta. 

Menu highlights

  • Beer Snacks — Bacon sticks, candied peanuts and chicharron ($12)
  • Derailed Fries Grated Parmesan, rosemary, basil, truffle oil and clack pepper aioli ($10)
  • The Handleburger With bacon onion jam, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle with a choice of cheese on brioche ($12)
  • NY Strip Philly Sandwich With mushrooms, pepper jack cheese, red and green peppers and onions ($14)
  • Midwest Poutine With white cheddar, choice of protein and smoked gouda mornay sauce ($14)
  • Mac & Cheese Made with white cheddar, parmesan, bacon and chicharron ($12)
  • Southwest Salad With roasted sweet corn, pico de gallo, tomato and queso fresco ($12; add chicken, steak or salmon for $4 extra)

Kids have a choice of mac and cheese with American cheese and white cheddar, a 4-ounce Junior Handleburger with fries or a grilled 4-ounce hot dog with fries ($6 each).

Desserts include a fresh fruit trifle with orange liqueur, chocolate, chantilly cream and basil or a s'more with chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows ($5 each).

Handling the bar

Of the 32 selections on tap, most are craft beers and national brands. But there is also Court Avenue ginger beer — used for mule cocktails, local root beer, kombucha and nitro coffee. Beer is also available by the can. 

Cocktails like bloody marys, margaritas and Moscow mules are offered along with wine.

Non-alcoholic beverages include Coke products, iced tea, coffee and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Selim said the concept has been in the "dream stage" for five years. The HandleBar will be adding lunch and brunch to its repertoire before the end of the year.

About 60 customers can fit in the dining room and 60 more on the outside patio. The restaurant employs 25 people. 

The HandleBar

Location: 1607 Sugar Grove Ave., Dallas Center

Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Contact: (515) 992-8014Facebook

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