What’s New in Des Moines this Winter 2023


Don’t let the cold keep you from checking out a new business in Des Moines this winter! From restaurants to bookstores, a reopening of a classic theater, and a new grocery store, are plenty of new things in Des Moines to explore.

9 New Things in Des Moines

DZO Korean BBQ | 2611 Ingersoll Avenue
Enjoy a whole Korean BBQ experience with a tabletop grill and a large selection of meats including pork belly, beef bulgogi, a variety of Wagyu premium cuts, and refillable banchan (tasty Korean side dishes!).
Aldi Windsor Heights | 7100 University Ave
The cult-favorite savings chain opened its newest location in Windsor Heights recently, adding a new grocery option in the ever-bustling area. 

Naughtea |1810 SW White Birch Cir Suite 115, Ankeny, IA
Not only can you get colorful and delicious bubble teas and fruit teas, but you can also grab a Korean Corndog breaded with things like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, french fries, panko, or sweet potato.

Varsity Theater | 1207 25th St.
Though it first opened as a theater in 1938 this designated landmark shut down in 2018. It was purchased and renovated by nonprofit organization, Des Moines Film. Showings will include new releases, the best of art house & international, curated repertory series and classics, upscale genre and late-night movies, kids and family series, and much more.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers | 2151 E 1st St, Grimes
Known for its cooked-to-order steakburgers made with lean 100 percent ground beef, all-beef hot dogs, crispy shoestring fries. And be sure to try their frozen custard treats made with freshly churned chocolate or vanilla frozen custard.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant | 12801 University Ave, Clive
Not only is this a great new option for upscale dining (date night anyone?), but they also boast a Napa Valley-style tasting room and gift store with wine accessories, and their very own gourmet food line.

Backpocket Pin & Pixel | 6205 Merle Hay Rd., Johnston
Eastern-Iowa based, Backpocket Brewery, opens its first Des Moines metro location with a unique spin, duckpin bowling, where the lanes are shorter, the pins are fatter and the balls are small enough to be lifted by a child.

Reading in Public | 315 5th St Suite 100, West Des Moines
We can always use another bookstore! This woman-owned shop describes itself as a people-centric independent bookstore that celebrates the love of reading and the human experience. It opens January 14. 
Panka Peruvian Chicken | 3018 Forest Ave
Panka Peruvian expands to a second location this winter, bringing its signature flavors to the Drake neighborhood. The grand opening is January 16. 


What is your favorite new place in Des Moines?


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