From southern comfort to seafood, these restaurants offer new restaurants in 2020.

Laura Rowley, Special for the Register
Published at 11:57 AM Pacific Time on December 31, 2019.


The coming year looks promising for dinner at the Des Moines metro area. Half a dozen new eateries are expected to open with menus ranging from southern dishes to seafood. Make your decision to check out some of these places in the New Year.

Crazy burgers and beer

Crazy Horse Burgers is a new restaurant with 100 seats, which offers more than 20 beer spills, frozen cocktails and a variety of hamburgers – vegetarian and others.

The venue will occupy the first floor of the 1887 building in the Drake area, which once housed Crazyhorse guitars and is being restored by the Neighborhood Development Corporation.

The restaurant is the latest project from Full Court Press, owners of Fong’s Pizza and Iowa Taproom, as well as other popular establishments. The company said that Crazy Horse will combine modern and retro style and will present an extensive collection of CDs on its walls. The name honors both the building’s heritage and Neil Young’s support group.

Location: 2331 University Avenue, Des Moines

Former crazy guitars at 2331 University Ave. will be restored to its original greatness of 1887. (Photo: Special for the Register)

Crazy meatball

This popular pizza shop, formerly located in East Village, will be officially opened on the ground floor of a new residential complex in Gray Landing in the spring of 2020.

The new space will feature an eclectic decor from the former restaurant, while offering pizza, wings and meatballs that fans love.

Location: Martin Luther King Jr., Parkway and Southwest 11th, Des Moines

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Mad Meatball East Village Meatball Sandwich. (Photo: Charlie Lichfield / The Register)

Tupelo Honey

This summer, southern charm will penetrate downtown Des Moines with the discovery of Tupelo Honey. This restaurant is located elsewhere around the United States and is well known for its comfortably furnished dishes, such as sweet potato pancakes and fried chicken.

Location: Grand Avenue 665, Des Moines

Rendering of a new Tupelo Honey space in downtown Asheville. (Photo: courtesy of Tupelo Honey)

Dave and Busters

West Des Moines will be the last city to host Dave and Buster, a popular chain of bars and arcades with over 135 restaurants across the United States. The full-service restaurant serves steaks, seafood, pasta, soups and salads, as well as light fanfare foods like nachos, wings and quesadillas.

The venue will include dozens of games, from skeleton and air hockey to classic video games and virtual reality offerings, as well as a large sports viewing platform.

Dave and Buster’s is expected to be launched in May or June at the top level of the old Younkers store in Jordan Creek Mall.

Location: 101 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines

Take a peek inside Corpus Christi Dave and Baster’s first building inside La Palmera Shopping Center. (Photo: Courtney Sacco / Caller Times)

Laughing crab

Grab your bib, gloves, and cracker because Laughing Crab brings more seafood to the sea. The new Cajun Restaurant offers everything from shellfish, mussels and crayfish to shrimp, lobster tails and crab legs.

You choose the seasoning and level of spices, as well as the sides, such as corn on the cob, rice, french fries and garlic bread. Enjoy the marine atmosphere and taste of the ocean in the landlocked Midwest.

Location: University Avenue 4508, West Des Moines

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