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Gather at the table

Food halls are a growing trend in U.S. cities, and now Iowa boasts one of its own.
Food halls are a growing trend in U.S. cities, and now Iowa boasts one of its own. The Hall, located in a restored rail car barn in West Des Moines' Valley Junction historic district, models itself after a traditional European food and beverage hall, with locally brewed beers and food trucks.

All restaurants and bars aren't created equal, as success for any establishment depends on a variety of factors. Simply put, it is a tough, competitive industry filled with many successes and failures, no matter the city or state.

 The Hall, located in the historic Valley Junction neighborhood of West Des Moines, appears to have found a niche that appeals to a broad range of customers — from young professionals and families to empty nesters and grandparents.

 Fashioned after a traditional European food and beverage hall, the establishment serves a wide range of beers, cocktails and food to accommodate a variety of palette preferences. But there is much more to the story. The Hall is part of a larger effort to help those less fortunate in central Iowa. And the environment they have built...




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