Iowa City To Get Farm-To-Table Restaurant

Daniela Kelly July 21, 2020
 Iowa City To Get Farm-To-Table Restaurant

Des Moines residents are getting a farm-to-table restaurant in its downtown area.

Fresko, which will focus on healthy eating, will open up later in the summer. Located at the Federal Home Loan Bank building along Locust Street, the building has undergone an extensive renovation, which is home to a Starbucks since 2018. Restaurant owners are hoping to open up in August.

According to Fresko Managing Partner and Executive Chef Erick Brown, the menu will include ingredients and products from local businesses, farmers and vendors. The restaurant will focus on seasonal vegetables and fresh ingredients.

Brown said the restaurant wants to become a part of the community in Des Moines, focusing on offering farm-to-table food by using local vendors and ensuring giving consumers delicious healthy food. Nothing, he said, will come from a bag.

The menu is slated to have items such as green chili pork skillet, flatbreads, sushi and street tacos. The restaurant will have a wood-fired grilled to cook the brick chicken, prime filet and Wagyu beef.

It will also have a full bar that includes cocktails such as the Earl of Locust with gin and Earl Grey tea and Café Fresko with Friedrichs Coffee cold brew, cream and bourbon.

Fresko is set to open every day, serving all three meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with brunch on the weekend. It will accommodate up to 245 people and has private dining for up to 70 people.

Brown said it’s possible for off-site catering to be offered in the future.

Fresko will hold open interviews on July 22 and July 29 for about 70 people.


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