I spy with my little eye … an adorable creature on this pot pie. Photo: Mulberry Street Tavern
Writer: Karla Walsh
For nearly seven years, or about 1,800 dinner shifts, Jeremy and Leslie Brittain welcomed diners to Dino’s Bar and Grill in West Des Moines. As the married duo watched their two young kids grow, they realized they didn’t have much time for their own dinners as a family. So in August, the Brittains announced that they’d sell the Dino’s brand.
But Jeremy (pictured) hasn’t hung up his apron. Instead, he’s found a more balanced schedule and a home away from home at the Mulberry Street Tavern in the Surety Hotel, at 206 Sixth Ave. The new role “allows me to continue to be a part of the culinary community while also having the chance to spend time with my family,” he said.
He joins food and beverage director Rae Doyle to create the menus — “unique yet still true to Des Moines,” Jeremy said — at the tavern, on the patio and in the hotel’s coffee bar and lounge.
Jeremy graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and has previous experience at Centro, Django, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse and Olde Main Brewing Co. in Ames. Now that he’s landed at the Surety, diners can expect the menu to stay steady, for now, with “larger changes as the seasons change around the holidays,” he said, and ingredients from as many local purveyors as possible.
He listed a few of his favorites on the current menu, including: a seasonal pot pie with confit chicken and roasted sweet corn, housemade tagliatelle with duck and peach ragu, and Brussels sprouts with a creamy 6-minute egg and pecorino fondue.
Mulberry Street Tavern serves dinner every night, along with brunches on the weekends and occasionally special events with themed menus. Follow @suretyhotel and @mulberrystreettavern to be among the first to know about them, as well as the updated menu for the holidays.