Restaurant News Nuggets You May Have Missed

White-bean hummus, served with tortillas, is a starter on Alba’s customizable three-course menu.

By Karla Walsh

We’re still not quite sure what dining out will look like once restaurant dining room restrictions are eased. But one thing we know for sure: The creativity, flexibility and innovation by locally owned restaurants have been beyond impressive throughout the pandemic—and we predict this will continue in the weeks and months to come.

Check out the latest announcements from some old classics and new favorites. If you’re up for the culinary adventure, consider this your gastronomic to-do list for the week ahead.

Order a three-course feast from Alba. This East Village restaurant reopened for the first time since mid-March on May 7, and the kitchen and bar teams have ambitious plans. After deep-cleaning the dining room, they designed a customizable three-course menu for one, two or four (you can also order everything a la carte) that they’re now offering every night of the week, even on Sundays, when they’re typically closed. Gluten- and dairy-free options abound, and yes, the fan-favorite gnocchi is available. Open for carryout daily from 4 to 8 p.m. (524 E. Sixth St., albadsm.com)

Enjoy an extended happy hour on Tuesdays at Django. Miss snacking all night on charcuterie and oysters at this Sculpture Park-adjacent French spot? Re-create the experience at home with their newly reintroduced Tuesday all-night happy hour. OK, it’s all night while they’re open—4 to 8 p.m.—but you can order enough $5 apps and discounted cheese plates to keep the party going even longer if you like. Open for carryout and delivery through DoorDash or Grubhub Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. (1420 Locust St., djangodesmoines.com)

Stock up on this ale at Lua Brewing to support the restaurant employee relief fund. Lua Brewing, the star of our “What We Love” column in the May/June issuejust gave us a reason to love ‘em even more. Along with upgraded comfort food like halibut fish and chips and a Korean cheesesteak, Lua is one of several brewers across the country selling the All Together IPA. Order a four-pack and $5 from the sale will benefit the Iowa Restaurant Association’s Employee Relief Fund. Curbside carryout available daily Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 to 8 p.m. (1525 High St., luabeer.com)
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