Chef Sam Auen’s new creation Krunkwich Ramen House (621 Des Moines Street in Des Moines’ East Village) has an opening date. Auen recently posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page that everything is a “go” to be open by September 15. Krunkwich’s Facebook page describes the restaurant thusly:
The focus is on fresh Midwestern flavors within the confines of Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other Asian cuisine. Handmade Ramen noodles, Asian-style Sopes, Japchae, house made kimchi, Pho, and a wide selection of Banh Mi, both traditional and non-traditional, adorn the menu with a revolving selection of dishes from around the world.
Auen is the mind behind the award-winning East Village taco house Tacopocalypse. Despite his focus on opening the new restaurant, Tacopocalypse has not lost a step. In fact, Auen expects to expand the menu soon after making some recent kitchen modifications. The taco house did have a scare earlier this week, though. Tacopocalypse had to close on Monday when the neighboring construction site punctured a gas line, but they were able to reopen later in the day.
In other restaurant news, the corporation (Fox and Hound Corp.) that owned Champps restaurant and bar at Jordan Creek Town Center filed for bankruptcy in December of last year. In March, a Federal Bankruptcy Court accepted the purchase of all of the Champps restaurant franchises owned by Fox and Hound by Cerberus Finance Company. As part of the purchase agreement, Cerberus had the right to reject any contracts, leases, or franchise agreements that they chose to opt out of. The West Des Moines Champps was a privately owned franchised store whose franchise agreement was terminated. The Jordan Creek restaurant and bar was recently forced to remove the Champps name from everything and take on a new identity. After management felt “eighty-sixed” by Cerberus, they decided the restaurant’s new name would be Eighty Six’d. Eighty Six’d reopened last month with their new name, new menu, and new lease on life, just in time for their busiest time of the year—football season. The restaurant and bar has more than 20 televisions, party rooms, and a number of new promotions. The kitchen makes everything from scratch, and the menu has a lot more to choose from than just the normal deep-fried sports bar menu. The menu features American and Mexican favorites, seafood, pizzas, and more. Eighty Six’d is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.