The newly opened Principal Riverwalk is bringing people down to the river. Crews finished it earlier this year, providing outdoor recreation in the heart of the city. Now, the newest spot along the walk will open in just a few days.
It's quiet now, but a building along the Des Moines River will soon be a hub of activity. Michael LaValle says, "This will be the place you can sit literally on the riverbank and enjoy some light food and beverage."
The Riverwalk Hub is located at the corner of Water Street and Court Avenue overlooking the river next to the Dango sculptures. He says, "There's many hiking and biking trails that originate here. And, we're ready to refuel those people."
You can refuel with coffee during the day and cocktails at night. And, the grub is inspired by a chef visiting from France. Baguette sandwiches and salads will sell for $6 to $8. And, workers will bake the signature Dango pastries on sight. Outside, you'll find food carts set-up to serve a variety of food. LaValle says, "What a great place to sit on the riverbank and enjoy, you know, ice cream, sandwiches, Mexican food, hot dogs, whatever it would be."
People will also be able to rent the area around the Riverwalk Hub, with some of the revenue benefiting the city of Des Moines. LaValle says, "When you come here and spend some money, part of the proceeds will go to support city parks department and particularly towards the river."
The money will help maintain The Riverwalk. Workers are even creating a special drink called Riverade. LaValle says, "And a percentage of the proceeds of the sale of that beverage will go to support Iowa Rivers Revival.” It's the color of the river, but apparently tastes a lot better.
The Riverwalk Hub is scheduled to open Monday, July 15th. That's just in time for workers to get ready for RAGBRAI, which rolls through Des Moines about a week later.
It's open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. About 15 people will work there.