The Avenues Continues To Add Amenities

Manhattan Deli co-owner Carey Hansen specifically wanted a mural of Frida Kahlo on the side of her restaurant, as she views the artist as an inspiration.

Writer: Allaire Nuss

Life may have slowed down since March, but the Avenues of Ingersoll and Grand—which stretches between Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and 42nd Street in Des Moineshas continued expanding.

A new mural, plant store, and whiskey-stocked restaurant are just a few of the latest additions to the district. Here’s what to look for the next time you’re in the area.

New mural: Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican painter, is the star of Ingersoll’s latest mural, painted by Ally Frame on the east side of Manhattan Deli. The owners of the restaurant, Corey and Carey Hansen, said they selected Kahlo because she was “a bold, determined, fierce woman who was incredibly artistic and very cultured.”

“It was never a matter of what we would put there. We knew it would be Frida,” they said in a Facebook post. “We hope our mural … brings a ray of sunshine to all who encounter her.”

Whiskey River IngersollThis pool hall and restaurant, which fills the space Teddy Maroons left behind, is an expansion of the original Ames location, complete with the names of Des Moines neighborhoods on seating booths. They’ve also introduced a new late-night menu available until 2 a.m.

ART on Ingersoll: This new gallery at 2925 Ingersoll (in the Adio Chiropractic building, which also houses the Cheese Bar) features the work of Iowa artists. Prices range from $30 gifts to $2,500 statement pieces.

“My hope for the gallery is to create a space where people go to feel joy and positivity during these crazy times of fear and uncertainty,” says Heather Sicker, gallery owner and artist.

Renovation Jungle: Local houseplant guru Allie Delaney opened a new plant store at 607 37th St. in November. Her doors are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; you’ll find swoon-worthy foliage and planting containers.

Coming soon—Zora: A new bar-restaurant is being built at the corner of Martin Luther King Parkway and Ingersoll Avenue. The 6,000-square-foot venue will include a rooftop patio. Read more about it in this Business Record spotlight.

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