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Maxie’s restaurant reopening in March under new ownership


Maxie’s Restaurant & Lounge, a popular longtime restaurant in West Des Moines, is reopening this month under new ownership.

Anna Suttie, a Des Moines-area restaurant operator, and two partners purchased the property at 1311 Grand Ave. in West Des Moines. The restaurant’s previous owners closed Maxie’s in February.

Suttie said she worked for about 10 years with the Tursi family, longtime operators of Latin King restaurant on Des Moines’ east side. The Tursi family sold that restaurant in 2021.

Suttie wants to transition Maxie’s into a restaurant with a supper club feel. “We want to elevate the menu with higher-quality products,” she said. “We want to bring Maxie’s back to the Jim Glenn era.”

Glenn owned and operated the restaurant for 30 years. Andy Mayfield operated the establishment for the past eight years.

Maxie’s, which opened in 1967, originally was owned and operated by Michael and Maxine Colacino. Michael Colacino owned several other Des Moines-area establishments, including Mike’s Inferno, Benzini’s and the original Judge Roy Beans, according to his obituary that was published in January 2009.

Maxie’s is known for its onion rings and Maxieburger, both of which will remain on the menu, Suttie said.

The staff at Maxie’s is currently being trained, Suttie said. A date when the restaurant will reopen to the public has not yet been set, she said.

Maxie’s will be open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Suttie said.

Better Just Take Two LLC, organized by Matt McCormick, paid Mayfield & Co. LLC $625,000 for the Grand Avenue property, Polk County real estate transactions show. The property includes a 4,640-square-foot building that was constructed in the late 1960s.

The property in 2021 was valued at $462,000. The transaction was recorded Feb. 27.


Kathy A. Bolten

Kathy A. Bolten is a senior staff writer at Business Record. She covers real estate & development, law & government and retail.

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