Acasserted Des Moines dining location Aposto at The Scala House has actually closed down, owner Tony Lemmo claims, but will certainly be ago next month with a new spring food selection. 

Meanwhile, Lemmo additionally is busy preparing for his following undertaking. In the spring, he sassist, he will certainly be launching a brand-new firm called LouLou"s Kitchen, selling his family-recipe marinara sauce — which Aposto uses — under the new label.

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THe sauces are made from scrape and also jarred so they are shelf-steady, according to Lemmo. In enhancement, the agency will sell garlic-and-fennel and also balsamic-and-Romano vinaigrette salad dressings, he shelp.

He said he has actually been working through a food production company on the brand-new products and plans to offer them through stores in central Iowa. 

The name LouLou"s Kitchen is a nod to Lemmo"s late mom, Lou Ann. The bottle labels will say the products are “made via love” — as she always sassist about the dishes she ready, Lemmo sassist.


Aposto, housed in an elegant 1880s Sherguy Hill mansion, marked its last day of procedure for February on Valentine"s Day, and will certainly be earlier on St. Patrick"s Day in March, Lemmo sassist.

"We simply believed a month break is extremely vital, physically, mentally, and spiritually, for everyone," Lemmo sassist. "I thought we"d provide everyone a small break, (and) plan a really nice spring menu."


During the break, Lemmo said, he and the Aposto staff arrangement to complete a couple of little projects on the structure, such as paint-touch ups and also adding some shelving to the wine cellar. But the staff chose on the brief closure for the restaurant mainly for "a mental break," Lemmo shelp.

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"Sometimes, you recognize, you simply must walk amethod, capture your breath, and go check out something from a different angle," he said. 


“Everything is humming and every little thing is fantastic. We’re not reevaluating anypoint,” he included, noting that staff are furloughed throughout the break however not let go. 

It"s not the initially time Lemmo has actually briefly shut down a restaurant. He formerly operated Cafe di Scala for 10 years, closing it close to the height of its success at the finish of 2015. He then opened up Aposto in the exact same structure a few months later. 

Originally envisioned as a private dining room serving ticketed prix-fixe meals, Aposto resumed regular table company in 2017 after the departure of chef Phil Spires, a 2014 James Beard Best Chef-Midwest nominee. This is the initially time given that Aposto opened up that the restaurant is taking such a break from operation, Lemmo sassist.


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