Soft Seating

The Coda Lounge at Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel offers comfortable seating for guests.
The Coda Lounge at Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel offers comfortable seating for guests.

By Wini Moranville

One of the first things I noticed in my recent preview of RōCA was the soft seating–that is, comfy divans and cushioned low chairs–in the front lounge area. It’s just so … sexy.

Eschewing the hard-edged feel of high-top bar tables, these soft, low settees invite everyone to get a little more relaxed, comfortable–and in some cases, a little closer. It’s also a big-city trend; I noticed soft seating a couple of years ago in Chicago, most notably at The Girl and the Goat, where one huge corner couch angled against a giant low coffee table invited everyone to become better acquainted.

In Des Moines, I first admired soft seating at Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge; the couches make a lovely place to sip those craft margaritas. When the Coda Lounge at the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel underwent a swank remodel a few years back, soft seating became the focus. It’s a lovely place to grab a drink before or after a Des Moines Civic Center show. RōCA completes a trio of local restaurants tapping into a trend I’d enjoy seeing more of in town.

Coda Lounge, Renaissance Des Moine Savery Hotel, 401 Locust St.; 244-2151. Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge, 316 Court Ave.; 282-2995. RōCA: 208 Court Ave.; 282-3663.

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