Old brewery gets rooftop bar
Ninety-five years ago Prohibition shut down the flow of beer coming from the Old Tavern Brewery just south of downtown Des Moines. This summer the suds return when 3hundred Craft & Rooftop opens in the former brewery building.
The bar will occupy the third floor and rooftop of 300MLK at the southwest corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Southwest Third Street.
It is one of several retail shops and restaurants that plan to open in the redeveloped warehouse.
The project is in mid-stage renovation with workers tearing out brick to reveal decorative floor to ceiling windows. They will renovate three floors and create a large outdoor patio on the third floor.
Des Moines developer Rich Eychaner said the corner building should be ready for tenants at the end of summer. The entire project includes three buildings with a total of 70,000 square feet. The most prominent is the corner building that will house several businesses. The other smaller single-story buildings will be leased, but nothing is finalized yet, Eychaner said.
The corner building is a three-story brick tower built in 1908. It was the Old Tavern Brewery until 1920 when Prohibition banned the production and sale of alcoholic beverages. It's believed to be the only remaining pre-Prohibition brewery building in Des Moines, Eychaner has said.
So far, the businesses set to move into the corner building include:
3hundred Craft & Rooftop
The bar will take up the entire third floor of the corner building with 2,800 square feet inside and about 3,500 square feet of rooftop deck.
Ryan Flattery, one of the partners that created Gas Lamp, and Darren Helm plan to feature a variety of locally brewed beers and Iowa-made liquors at 3hundred Craft & Rooftop.
They hope to open this summer so patrons can take advantage of the warm weather and sit on the patio. "We're the only one with scenic views of the river, the Iowa Cubs scoreboard and downtown," Flattery said.
The decor inside will include exposed brick and a pseudo-industrial feel, he said. The deck will be covered with brick paver flooring and have couches and other furniture around the perimeter with tables and chairs in the center. Bistro lighting will be strung around the deck.
A DJ will provide music on the weekends. "We're not going to specialize in live music, the Gas Lamp does a great job with that," Flattery said.
They would like to add a not-so-mobile food truck on the deck to provide "simple, street vendor food," Flattery said. It will need a crane to get it there.
The fitness center will take up about 7,000 square feet on the second floor and include a gym, group fitness room and strength and conditioning room.
Owner Jason Gast said the location is an up-and-coming area.
"Everything is starting to fill in in the central business district," he said. And the development will have one of the largest parking lots in downtown, which is a huge draw for patrons, he said.
Gast is considering opening another of his Waxing the City body waxing shops in the same development. He opened his first Waxing the City last July in Clive.
Patrons of 515 Brewing in Clive and area events will recognize Guru BBQ from its success in the mobile catering world.
Brothers Ryan and Marc LePera and chef Patrick Cashman will open their first brick and mortar restaurant in a 2,500-square-foot space on the first floor of 300MLK.
The trio started out making barbecue as a hobby and have been entering competitions for seven or eight years.
Guru's menu will include dishes similar to its mobile truck offerings and a few new items, Ryan LePera said. Offerings include chipotle honey tacos, barbecue shrimp po'boys, chocolate bacon chili, smoked caramelized pork sandwiches and Korean fusion tacos. They'll add salads and other lighter items. And a full-service bar will offer specialty cocktails.
"We're just cooking what we like to eat," Ryan LePera said.
Fuzzy's Taco Shop
A national restaurant chain, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, will open its second Iowa location in the 300MLK building.
The Fort Worth, Texas, company offers quick-serve Baja Mexican food, said franchise owner Corey Butcher, a Des Moines native who now lives in Texas. He will open the Des Moines store and another in Ankeny this summer.
Butcher's cousin, Jason Elliott, is the operating partner, he said.
Fuzzy's offers "really fresh food" including salads, soups, tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, sandwiches, breakfast and desserts. Customers order at the counter, where they also pick up their food and drinks. The restaurant has a full bar that serves beer, wine, margaritas and other drinks.
"We loved that this project is in a developing area and it's close to the ballpark and other downtown attractions," Butcher said.