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Trailside Tap could break ground on an expansion this fall that would nearly quadruple the size of the bar and restaurant in Ankeny’s Uptown neighborhood.

The 2,600-square-foot business, at 710 S.W. Third St., continues to evaluate its plan and the timing for flipping the switch on the expansion, said Jake Happe, who owns the business with his wife, Brenna.

“The timing is going to happen when it’s right for us to pull the trigger,” he said. “There isn’t a specific date on when we’re going to do it. We’re just waiting for the right time to dial in the cost and make sure it’s a sound business decision.”

According to Happe, the plan is to raze a vacant house on an adjacent property and expand Trailside to nearly 10,000 square feet.

He said getting everything in order to prepare to demolish the house and the costs of construction have delayed those plans.

According to the plans, the current restaurant will become a bar area. The main level of the planned expansion will include what Happe described as a gourmet kitchen area where customers can see what’s happening in the kitchen, where the menu will “offer a different opportunity for different food.”


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