July 26, 2021

Des Moines LGBTQ club The Garden plans East Village restaurant, lounge

The Garden Nightclub is teasing plans on Facebook for what it says is its new East Village location .

Des Moines’ oldest LGBTQ-friendly dance club left its longtime home at the end of 2020 with plans to relocate to 525 E. Grand Ave. in the space most recently occupied by Club 525. 

Despite some intervening complications, a new posting on The Garden’s Facebook page Monday said it will open there in spring with a restaurant and show lounge featuring “a full menu, dinner and brunch shows, a four-season rooftop patio, and PLENTY of other surprises.” A rendering on the Facebook page shows the building with a sign for The Garden and painted its signature purple. 

Owner Rusty Jones and a spokesperson for The Garden both declined to provide more information about the plans. 

More:Former home to The Garden, a 147-year-old building thought to be the oldest in the East Village, will be renovated

The Garden left its 37-year home at 112 SE Fourth St. in early January as a new owner plans to remodel the building. The nearly 150-year-old brick building is thought to be the oldest still standing in the East Village and will undergo a historically compatible renovation into a mixed-use complex that, for the first time in decades, will use the structure’s entire three floors. 

The Garden’s planned move came under question late last month when a city board revoked a conditional use permit at 525 E. Grand Ave., meaning the building’s owners can only operate it as a restaurant, precluding bar service unless the tenant also serves food. 

The city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment revoked the permit after receiving complaints about noise and disturbances associated with previous tenants.