Metro bar and restaurant owner Annie Baldwin is opening Blu Toro, an upscale Mexican restaurant, in West Glen Town Center in West Des Moines.
Blu Toro will be located in the new South Creek Crossing building that West Glen owners recently constructed along Mills Civic Parkway. The restaurant will occupy 5,000 square feet with seating for about 200 and have large garage doors that will open to a patio that will seat another 70 people. Baldwin hopes to open Blu Toro in early October.
Blu Toro will offer traditional Mexican dishes along with American dishes including steak, salmon and other seafood. Chef Josh McCurnin, who is the executive chef and culinary director for several of the businesses that Baldwin and her husband Tom Baldwin operate in the metro, will be creating the menu and overseeing the kitchen.
The bar will stock about 40 varieties of tequila and the craft cocktail menu will include a selection of margaritas including some made with agave nectar and some that have fewer calories than a regular margarita, she said.
Baldwin was inspired to create the Mexican restaurant after visiting a similar eatery in Scottsdale, Ariz., she said. “And because I don’t have a Mexican restaurant” in her list of properties.
The Baldwin’s holdings include recently opened Magnolia Wine Kitchen, Mickey’s Irish Pub, Peggy’s Tavern, Wellman’s Pub, all in Des Moines. They also own Shotgun Betty’s in West Glen, Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop in the nearby Ponderosa development and 1908 Draught House in Johnston, Waukee and a coming location on Court Avenue in downtown Des Moines.
South Creek Crossing’s other tenants include Get Fit Grill and Scooter’s coffee.