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New downtown restaurant will open to public in summer


Allora, a new restaurant in the Krause Gateway Center, offers guests a view of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines. Photo special to the Business Record

Allora, a modern, Italian-inspired restaurant, has opened in the Krause Gateway Center to people who work in the downtown office building, according to a spokesperson for Krause Group. The restaurant will open to the public sometime this summer.

Allora, which features farm-fresh ingredients and a seasonal menu, is operated by Michael LaValle, a Des Moines-area chef who also operates Port of Des Moines, the Embassy Club and Trellis.

The new restaurant is currently open for breakfast and lunch for the employees of Krause Group, the parent company of convenience store chain Kum & Go.

The Krause Gateway Center, 1459 Grand Ave., was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with OPN Architects and general contractor Ryan Cos. US Inc. Construction of the building was completed in 2018.

This summer, the Allora will be open to the public for breakfast, lunch and aperitivo, a pre-meal drink. An opening date has not yet been determined, according to the Krause Group spokesperson.

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