This is interesting and doesn't really jive with past reports about Tom Baldwin buying these buildings from Smithson. From Cityview.....
Pelican Bar Restaurant & Nightclub
Owners hope to catch lightning in a bottle at former hotspot
Tommy Mauro has been part of the Des Moines bar scene since he started working at his cousin Tommy FarrellÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s bar, Jukebox Saturday Night, back in 1985. From experience he knew that it was a hot spot for a bar, which is why he is opening his new establishment, Pelican Bar Restaurant & Nightclub, on Oct. 2 in the same location.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œJukebox Saturday Night was one of the most successful bars in town,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Mauro said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œSo I knew it was a good location. There was a dry spell in downtown, but itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s been getting better.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Knowing it would be a good spot, Mauro, his brother Frank and wife Lisa, bought the property more than a year ago. They brainstormed on different ideas and came up with a plan for a different bar for downtown.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe want to offer an upscale, classy bar,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Mauro said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œA place where you can get a drink, enjoy some food or watch the game.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The Pelican will offer nightly drink specials, daily lunch specials and a Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Since they are still in the planning stages, the exact specials have not been decided.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI want people to be able to stop in for lunch without paying more than $10,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Mauro said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œDuring the farmerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s market, we will be offering an ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Italian breakfast,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ which is something nobody else in town has. We will incorporate foods from the market into our menu.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The Pelican has two floors, including the V.I.P. area, which takes up the entire second floor. Both levels will have different looks and styles.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe downstairs is like a big city lounge, a comfortable place for people to meet their friends,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Mauro said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe upstairs is going to be more of a retro V.I.P lounge, a flashback to the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢70s and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢80s.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Mauro is especially excited about his V.I.P. floor.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI thought downtown needed something like this,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â he said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œEvery bar has a V.I.P. section or room, but nobody offers an entire floor. We also might have some comedy shows upstairs as well.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
With all the different nightlife options on Court Avenue, Mauro knows he has something special.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe want to offer a hassle-free environment where anybody is welcome,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â he said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe are a great place to grab some lunch, stop in after work or when youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re heading out or heading home for the night.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â