Beaverdale French bistro to close in August
These restaurants will be sadly missed by Des Moines. In the first six weeks of 2018, four Des Moines favorites have closed their doors forever.
After five years in the Beaverdale business district, French bistro Le Jardin will close Aug. 26.
The restaurant at 2815 Beaver Ave. is owned by Megan and chef Tag Grandgeorge.
“We are just not going to renew our lease,” said Tag Grandgeorge. “We’ve been struggling with this real estate. There is no parking and the gym upstairs has quadrupled its business. Slow weeknights have killed us.”
Known for its clean and airy vibe and colorful art, Le Jardin offers flatbreads, cheese and meat plates, entrees, sandwiches, omelets, crepes, desserts, wine and beer.
Chef Grandgeorge said the restaurant has a “strong, loyal clientele” but that the industry is changing. Social media has empowered people, he said. “Everybody’s a critic, but most of it’s ill-founded.”
Restaurants in general have a changing customer base, he said. “Casual fine dining is slowing becoming obsolete.”
The couple first opened Le Jardin in a shared space with La Mie on 42nd Street. Le Jardin moved to Beaverdale in 2013.
Tag Grandgeorge said he will miss working in the restaurant and hasn't ruled out another location for Le Jardin.
Grandgeorge plans to continue catering events and pop-up dinners.
Le Jardin will offer weekly specials on its rotating menu. This week the restaurant is celebrating its 10th anniversary with Decade Dinners, a selection of entrees from its first year in business.
Hours are 5 p.m to close Thursday through Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for brunch Saturday and Sunday.
Call 515-255-5787, visit www.lejardindsm.com or find it on Facebook.