Restaurant chains slammed over resistance to minimum wage hike for tipped workers

BY: - April 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — As the nation’s largest trade group for restaurant owners on Tuesday held a virtual version of its annual gathering to lobby Congress, advocates for a $15-per-hour minimum wage took aim at the powerful restaurant chains that they say are blocking legislation on a higher wage for tipped workers. During their own virtual event, lawmakers […]

State agencies keep two sets of inspectors’ reports — one public, one confidential

BY: - April 5, 2021

Last September, a state restaurant inspector named Samuel Pang responded to a complaint about Kelly’s Little Nipper, a bar and grill on Des Moines’ Grand Avenue that was allegedly violating the governor’s order on COVID-19 mitigation. At the time, the order prohibited establishments from serving alcohol to people not eating food and from allowing patrons […]

One year after shutdown, Iowa restaurants, bars celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

BY: - March 17, 2021

On the morning of St. Patrick’s Day 2020, Trevor Perez stood on a barstool in Magee’s Irish Pub & Eatery and asked everyone to leave. “I told all our customers that, due to COVID, we had to close at noon,” he said. “(I was) watching all those people saunter out the door and all our […]

Des Moines restaurants expect a busy Valentine’s weekend despite COVID-19

BY: - February 12, 2021

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Scott Carlson is setting candles out at his restaurants for the first time in nearly a year. Carlson owns Americana and Court Ave. Brewing Co., both in downtown Des Moines, and Gilroy’s in West Des Moines. In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, staff took everything off the tables, […]

Reynolds shifts tone, requires masks indoors as hospitalizations skyrocket

BY: - November 16, 2020

During a primetime address to Iowans, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday she is increasing COVID-19 mitigation measures as Iowa hospitals endure a surge of infected patients. The new measures, which include indoor mask requirements, limits on social gatherings, and reductions in elective surgery, are to begin at midnight and end Dec. 10. Reynolds said the […]

Iowa bar closures will cost ‘thousands of jobs,’ says restaurant lobbying group

BY: - August 27, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds latest order requiring bars in Iowa to close again will result in “businesses going under,” said Jessica Dunker, president of the Iowa Restaurant Association. “It’s short-sighted and it’s going to cost hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs in them,” Dunker said. Reynolds ordered bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries and night clubs […]

Iowa is first in the nation to permanently legalize to-go cocktails

BY: - June 30, 2020

Iowa has officially legalized the sale of to-go cocktails, making the COVID-19 fad a permanent fixture in the state. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed House File 2540 into law on Monday, legalizing the sale of sealed  alcohol for consumption “off-premises.” In the past, drinks sold by bars and restaurants had to be consumed on-site. While other […]

Reynolds: Iowa will take additional steps if COVID-19 resurgence happens

BY: - May 15, 2020

If parts of Iowa experience a “significant” resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the state will take additional mitigation efforts to target those spots, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. However it was unclear what steps the state might take and what would trigger action. On Friday, restrictions were partially lifted across the state for businesses like restaurants, […]

How COVID-19 will change Iowa’s restaurant scene forever

BY: - May 15, 2020

Brenda Brehme cooks up gravy-smothered hot beef in her joint gas station and restaurant business, where she relies on hungry drivers to fuel up and chow down. But lately at 6 Corners Gas & Grub, customers grabbing a bite or even a pack of cigarettes are becoming few and far between during the COVID-19 pandemic.  […]

Iowa restaurants cited for outdated food and unsanitary conditions

BY: - February 18, 2020

The Iowa Department of Inspections has reported the following alleged violations that stem from recent restaurant inspections in the Des Moines area. The department reminds the public that their reports are a “snapshot” in time and violations are often corrected on the spot before the inspector leaves the establishment. In addition to restaurants, this list […]