Get ready for the five most-anticipated restaurant openings in Des Moines in 2022

Elle Wignall
Des Moines Register

The new year promises to be an exciting one for Des Moines with several bars and restaurants slated to open in the coming months. Among them, a new brewery brings delightful dishes, while another relocates. Favorite restaurateurs and chefs open a coastal Mexican space and a new American eatery.

In the meantime, keep an eye on these hotly anticipated new restaurants and breweries as they get ready to serve in 2022.

Bar Nico

428 E. Locust St., Des Moines

The Player: Jason Simon

Anticipated opening: Spring 2022

An upscale Mexican restaurant with seating for 20 opens in spring 2022 in the space formerly occupied by The Continental in the East Village.

Restaurateur Jason Simon — owner of Parlor, Eatery A and Alba — says the menu will feature coastal Mexican specialties and plenty of tequila and tacos. Simon tapped sous chef Matt Small of Alba to lead the kitchen. Eventually, Bar Nico will also serve pastries and coffee in the morning.

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Big Grove Brewery

555 17th St., Des Moines

The Players: Benjamin Smart and Sean Towley

Anticipated opening: Spring 2022

This architect's rendering shows the view, looking northwest, of Big Grove Brewery in the Crescent Chevrolet building at the corner of 17th and High streets in Des Moines.

The Eastern Iowa brewery announced its plans to expand into Des Moines over the summer, aiming for a spring 2022 opening. As part of a $550 million plan headed by Krause+, the development arm of the Des Moines-based Kum & Go convenience stores chain, the Big Grove Brewery team hopes to be the focal point of an "eatertainment" hub at the meeting point of Sherman Hill and the Western Gateway.

The former Crescent Chevrolet building will house a 15-barrel brewery and taproom with a wrap-around patio. While most of the brewing will continue in the Iowa City location, the Des Moines Big Grove will brew experimental batches. The food will be unique to Des Moines as well: Chefs Benjamin Smart and Sean Towley put together a health-conscious brewpub menu that will pair well with available beers.

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Paws & Pints

6218 Willowmere Drive, Des Moines

The Players: Megan and Kyle Casey

Anticipated opening: April 2022

Rendering of The Stray Bar at Paws and Pints, opening spring 2022.

Paws & Pints promises to be fun for humans and canines alike when it opens in spring 2022. The all-inclusive membership-based facility will serve as a canine retreat with boarding, grooming, vet services, a dog park and even a dog shuttle service. For humans, the indoor-outdoor Stray Bar will serve coffee and breakfast from 5 Borough Bagels in the morning and drinks and snacks at night. The 33,000-square-foot facility broke ground in May and owners Megan and Kyle Casey hope to see it open around April.

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Table 128

220 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines

The Player: Lynn Pritchard

Anticipated opening: April 2022

Savory "ugly doughnuts" are a Table 128 favorite.

Chef Lynn Pritchard's American fine dining restaurant permanently closed its Clive location earlier this year to relocate downtown. The nearly 10-year-old restaurant — known for elegant dishes made with local and organic ingredients — adds a revamped rotating menu, along with a large patio and private dining room in the the building. Diners can experience the magic of the kitchen up close in a semi-exposed kitchen. 

Pritchard says he hopes to open the new space in April.

Table 128 Bistro & Bar serves a main dish of scallops, pearled barley, Romanesco broccoli, charred tomato vinaigrette and green onion jus at the former Clive location in 2016. The restaurant will reopen in 2022 at 220 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines.

Twisted Vine Brewery

112 S.E. Fourth St., Des Moines

The Players: Brian Sabus, Steve Becker and Steve Breman

Anticipated opening: Late spring

The Twisted Vine Brewery team moves their operations from 3320 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines to the historic building at 112 S.E. Fourth St., Des Moines in the East Village. The 150-year-old building was most recently the home to high energy gay bar The Garden nightclub, which left the space in 2021.

Brian Sabus pours a beer on tap at Twisted Vine Brewery in West Des Moines in 2016. The brewery is relocating to downtown Des Moines in 2022.

The 7,500-square-foot space will house the brewery operation and taproom, and an adjoining 5,000-square-foot patio will offer ample seating to patrons. The Twisted Vine Brewery partners hope to open to the public in late spring.

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Elle Wignall covers dining for the Register. Reach her at Follow her on Twitter @ElleWignallDMR.