Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Contact: Dan Mika Staff Writer

Provisions Lot F, a spinoff of The Cafe in north Ames, opened its doors to the public Monday.

The restaurant, named after the plot of land the new building sits on, features sit-down lunch and dinner service, a full bar, coffee and a bakery, just like its sister restaurant.

The restaurant, at 2400 N. Loop Drive, is housed in a brand-new building filled in dark-stained wood, leather booths, steel frames and large windows. Its kitchen is exposed in the dining area in full view of guests.

Kevin Rettig, one of the three co-owners of The Cafe and Provisions Lot F, said the building went through a few redesigns as the owners tried to build a location that “didn’t look completely off the map” compared with other buildings around the Iowa State Research Park.

Rettig said the two restaurants share the basic concepts, although the new restaurant offers a different feel _ and a different menu.

“Over time, we’ll grow and this place will have its own identity,” he said.

Rettig said the restaurant has hired about 85 staff, enough to be “comfortably” staffed. He said he and his partners are continually hiring at both Provisions Lot F and The Cafe.

He said the restaurant is offering all services except for sit-down breakfast service for the next two weeks. However, customers can purchase coffee and breakfast items at the bakery counter.

Provisions Lot F was originally announced late 2015 as part of the Research Park’s efforts to bring amenities like restaurants, gyms, clinics, parks and apartments to the south side of town as it targets adding 6,000 more employees at the various companies in the park.

“The south side of town is about to have some significant growth, and there’s a lot of buzz in this area that a lot of people in town aren’t aware of because it has been a quiet section of town,” he said. “But I think that’s all changing ... it’s the reason we decided to build here instead of Ankeny or Des Moines.”