Rascal Flatts coming to Des Moines, this time as a restaurant
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A country-themed bar and restaurant from music trio Rascal Flatts is coming to Des Moines.
Rascal Flatts restaurant will open in 7,000-square-feet on the south side of Merle Hay Mall in a two-story space near the Flix Brewhouse entrance, said mall owner Elizabeth Holland. The restaurant is expected to open in late summer.
The business will include a bar, restaurant and patio and feature live music, Holland said.
“We think this is new and different for Des Moines and Iowa,” said Holland. The relatively new restaurant company has locations in Stamford, Connecticut, and Cleveland, she said. Another is planned for Orlando, Florida.
The company’s Stamford menu includes sauteed mussels, buttermilk biscuits, salads, chicken and waffles, shrimp and polenta, brisket, ribs and cheeseburgers. Sides include warm potato salad and other items.
The restaurant will be built in a newly remodeled space that long ago housed a Rite Aid Pharmacy and a pet store, Holland said. The ceilings are two-story and the windows and patio face south, she said.
Rascal Flatts chose Des Moines because it’s a strong country music market and they liked the combination of retail and entertainment at Merle Hay Mall, especially Flix Brewhouse, she said.
The music trio of the same name is made up of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney. The group performed last August in West Des Moines as part of the Solheim Cup golf tournament. They also were part of the Tree Town Festival in Forest City in 2015 and has played at the Iowa State Fair.
The group's hits include "Life is a Highway," from the movie Cars in 2006.
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