Restaurant News Roundup

A highlight of our inaugural visit to Blue Sushi Sake Grill was the ceviche featuring tilapia and white shrimp, along with lime juice, cucumber, cherry tomato, avocado, cilantro, sweet onion, jalapeño salsa and wonton crisps.N

Even the most ardent fans of the Des Moines dining scene have needed a scorecard to keep up with all the recent openings and closins. Here are some of then:

Openings:
R I Restaurant this fall in the former Baru 66 location.
Blue Sushi Sake Grill at Court Avenue and Fourth Street.
Nosh Cafe and Eatery in the East Village.
Skol, a Nordic-themed bar and restaurant, in the East Village.
Motley School Tavern in Beaverdale.
Giordano’s in West Des Moines.
Wasabi Ankeny in the town’s Prairie Trail District.
Pho Real Kitchen and Bar at Fourth and Court.

Closings:
Reed’s Hollow, led by chef Zach Gutweiler, in Beaverdale.
Baru 66, chef David Baruthio’s French restaurant in Windsor Heights.
Mama Lacona’s, longtime Italian-American spot, in Urbandale.
Orlondo’s, popular south-side Italian-American restaurant and bar.
Good Sons Pizzeria in Beaverdale.

Other news:
• Clyde’s Fine Diner in the East Village is expected to open in early October.
• Proof reopened Aug. 31 with a new head chef, Diego Rodriguez. Previous owner/chef Sean Wilson left to become director of culinary operations for the Justice League of Food.
• Gusto’s Waukee site has closed, but the restaurant’s owners are expect to open El Guapo, a tequila and taco restaurant, in the same space in October.
• Jethro’s BBQ has purchased the former Orlondo’s site and plans to expand the building and open its eighth location there in March 2020.

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