Django restaurant leaving downtown location

DES MOINES - A popular French restaurant in downtown Des Moines is looking for a new place to call home because of construction issues.

After ten years in the Hotel Fort Des Moines building, Django is on the hunt for a new space. It will vacate its current location as a result of the extensive hotel renovation beginning this spring. 

Django will remain open in its existing space through February 17. 

“After evaluating the massive scope and multi-year timeline of the renovation, it became clear we could not maintain a quality business in the midst of a project of that magnitude. We are hopeful we can find a new location for Django in downtown Des Moines,” says Orchestrate Hospitality President Paul Rottenberg. “While this transition is disappointing, we are happy the hotel is going to be reborn. It will play an important role in the Western Gateway,” he added.

Orchestrate Hospitality manages a number of other businesses in the area, including: Bubba, Centro, Gateway Market, Malo, South Union Bread Café and multiple Zombie Burger locations. The group plans to make every effort to place existing Django staff at sister properties while the search for a new location is conducted.

Due to the evolving timeline of the Hotel Fort Des Moines renovation, Orchestrate could not reach a long-term agreement to return to the original space when the hotel re-opens. Therefore, the team has begun looking for a new home. An ideal location for Django would be a 4,000-6,000 sq ft space located within the 50309 zip code.


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