Iowa Historical Museum debuts new coffee café in early June

For immediate release May 13, 2004



Margi Weiss, 515-281-8823

Des Moines, Iowa—Smells of just-roasted coffee beans and fresh sandwiches will soon waft through the floors of the Iowa Historical Museum as a popular Des Moines coffee café will open another location there in early June.

Grounds for Celebration at the Terrace Café will offer a sit down full-service lunch menu with rotating menu items using many local producers of seasonally fresh products. The café specializes in "on site" artisan small batch roasting of fine coffee from around the world. The company was the first in Des Moines to have on-site baking in a coffeehouse environment.

The coffeehouse’s founding owners George and Jan Davis & partner Bryan Marker will include the same coffee-related menu as the other four Des Moines metro stores as well as an expanded Panini sandwich selection for lunch-time customers.

The café will also offer a full and varied selection of fine whole-leaf teas, served with the expertise of the only certified tea blender in Iowa. Grounds for Celebration also wholesales Monin flavoring syrups, Ghirardelli chocolate syrups and sauces, Chai concentrates, biscotti, La Speciale espresso machines and coffee related merchandise. New this year to the stores will be freshly-produced gelato ice cream.

"We’ll be producing this in-house daily and will be able to make virtually any flavor imaginable," George Davis said.

Artwork from the Absolute Art gallery in the East Village of Des Moines will be featured on a rotating basis in the new café.

An agreement between Grounds for Celebration and the State Historical Society materialized in early April.The café will be operated by the Iowa Historical Foundation with a portion of the profits going to support the programs of the State Historical Society of Iowa.

"We’re delighted to offer this service to visitors of the museum," Margi Weiss, Executive Director of the Iowa Historical Foundation said. "We can’t wait to see the looks on our visitor’s faces as they enjoy an espresso at the café!"


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