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Pandemic pop-up: How one restaurant has stayed open despite COVID restrictions

Ramen Club DSM is a pop-up restaurant that started serving customers during the pandemic. Here's how they've made it work out in their favor.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Behind the scenes of our favorite restaurants is an owner with a brick-and-mortar to serve customers, but one restaurant in Des Moines found the perfect spot to begin a business in the midst of a global pandemic. 

“We started off at Gaslamp," said Trish Myers, owner of Ramen Club DSM, a pop-up restaurant out of Kitchen Spaces in the Drake neighborhood.

This dining experience doesn't follow the typical brick-and-mortar style that we were once used to (pre-pandemic). Myer said that's how they're able to make it work.

"To have a full brick-and-mortar and to have to have those kinds of payments right off the bat is more of a struggle than having a shared space," Myers said.

Ramen Club DSM is open on Wednesday's between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. because of the shared space with other pop-ups in Kitchen Spaces. They're only taking pick-up orders due to the pandemic. 

Myers said she is staying optimistic about how she is serving customers during the pandemic and hopes they can start letting customers in soon.

Jason Stuyvesant, the vice president for the Drake Neighborhood Association, said these restaurants are choosing the area because many spaces are affordable right now, compared to the East Village or Valley Junction.