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September 17, 2019 Contact Email: media@DarkSideOfTheSpoon.com

Contact Phone: (515) 451-7042

 

LIFTOFF! DARK SIDE OF THE SPOON CREATES THE LARGEST INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED RESTAURANT GROUP IN IOWA

The 21 restaurants and bars under the same umbrella employ over 500 people

 

DES MOINES, IA — Local restaurateurs and bar owners Tom and Annie Baldwin announced today the formation of The Dark Side of The Spoon Hospitality Group. The group formation brings together a diverse menu of bars, restaurants and nightclubs into one entertainment management organization. With 21 venues under its belt, it forms one of the largest independently owned and operated restaurant groups in the state of Iowa. 

 

“Today’s an exciting day for our group of venues,” said Tom Baldwin, Managing Partner of Dark Side of the Spoon. “It’s always been our goal to entertain the world. I want to give the people what they want. The creation of this group gives us a chance to launch in many more markets. It allows us to entertain and employ more people under a unified family banner.”

 

 

The name comes from Baldwin’s nod to Pink Floyd and their iconic “Dark Side of The Moon” album. 

 

“We strive to be on the cutting edge of entertainment and employment,” said Baldwin. “We want every restaurant and bar to look to our quality of service for inspiration. And we want to find out how far we can push that envelope of quality.”

 

Although each venue will maintain its unique brand and voice, Dark Side of the Spoon together will offer opportunities for career advancement through the organization, a larger megaphone for community service and charitable events, and will continue to provide the best in entertainment in the Des Moines metro.

 

Here are the entertainment venues that fall under the newly formed Dark Side of The Spoon banner:

 

  • Wellman’s Pub & Rooftop
  • Wellman’s Pub Ingersoll
  • Annie’s Irish Pub (Des Moines) (Omaha)
  • Hush Nightclub
  • Blu Toro Cantina + Grill 
  • The Exchange (Omaha) 
  • The Irish 
  • Shotgun Betty’s
  • 1908 Draught House
  • Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar
  • Peggy’s Tavern
  • Beer Can Alley (Omaha)
  • The Original Draught House (Omaha)
  • The Brewhouse No. 25

 

The combined 21 venues also employ over 500 people, making it one of the largest employers in the Des Moines Metro. Baldwin also owns an interest in two venues in Minneapolis, MN, Last call & Uptown Tavern.  Offices are located at 3939 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. Links to all the Dark Side of the Spoon family of venues can be found at darksideofthespoon.com.

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