Pig 'n Pedal, a new restaurant-bar coming to Ankeny's Uptown, will be geared toward High Trestle Trail cyclists
The Des Moines suburb grew by 6.4 percent to 62,416 residents during the 12-month period ending July 1. It's the third year in a row Ankeny has been on the U.S. Census Bureau's list of the fastest-growing cities with population of 50,000 or more. Wochit
A new bicycle-themed restaurant and bar planned in Ankeny's Uptown district will look to appeal to those using the High Trestle Trail.
Pig 'n Pedal will open this summer in the old Polk County Heating and Cooling building at 710 SW Third St., east of Firetrucker Brewery and south of the Ankeny Market & Pavilion.
"We're looking to do just a really fun, upscale bar experience," said Jason Kapela, who is opening the restaurant and bar with managing partner Justin Sykes.
Kapela, a former co-founding chef of Louie's Wine Dive, said the menu will include several pork dishes — a theme he has incorporated into both the restaurant's name and its whimsical logo, which features a pig wearing a chef's hat and toting a meat cleaver while riding a unicycle.
He said menu items will include hot dogs, sausages, sandwiches, a handful of macaroni and cheese dishes, a rotating menu of dinner options, several appetizer plates and more. The restaurant will do all of its its butchering in-house, he said.
"It's not comfort food; it’s just really good food done right," he said. "The menu's pretty pork-centric. That's what I like to do."
The bar will offer a variety of cocktails, wine and beer. Kapela said it will have about 20 local beers on tap. He plans to partner with Firetrucker Brewery to offer some of the brewery's beers.
Kapela said the restaurant and bar will offer healthy options as well as calorie-conscious portion sizes and some lighter drinks.
The building will feature a 2,400-square-foot back patio looking toward the Ankeny Market Pavilion and the High Trestle Trail. The indoor seating area will have bicycle-themed decor.
The restaurant will seat about 80 people, with room for about 80 more on the patio. Both the inside and outdoor areas will have identical bars.
Kapela said he hopes renovations will be complete in time to open by Aug. 1.
Crews are now working on transitioning the 2,600-square-foot building, which was built in 1970, from a heating and cooling building into a restaurant.
Kapela said he's excited for the restaurant become a part of Ankeny's blossoming Uptown district, which has seen a surge in new development over the past few years.
Among those projects is Uptown Lofts, which opened across the street last fall, bringing the first new-construction apartment building to the district.
Ankeny last year also wrapped up work on a 1.3-acre park at the nearby High Trestle trailhead. The $2.1 million Ankeny Market Pavilion project includes two 100-by-500-foot pavilions that host farmers' markets and other community events.
Pig 'n Pedal
Location: 710 SW Third St., Ankeny
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday
Opening: Expected to be around Aug.1