With summer construction in full swing, it’s easy to miss the blue banner swaying behind traffic cones at 2580 Fleur Drive. “NOW OPEN,” it reads in a collegiate font — appropriate for a building that was part of the AIB College of Business campus until the school closed in 2016.

Don’t let the roadwork deter you: On the back side of the building is the entrance to a new hidden gem. La Cuscatleca, a longtime favorite on Des Moines’ east side, has opened a second location.

The new place, La Cuscatleca South, started service on July 30 over the

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Elderslie Farm is now offering a more casual outdoor evening dining experience in addition to its multi-course, reservation-only dinners.

Elderslie Farm is now offering a more casual outdoor evening dining experience in addition to its multi-course, reservation-only dinners.

Elderslie Farm — the idyllic venue at 3501 E. 101st. St. North in Kechi that includes a fine dining restaurant, an outdoor cafe, a creamery with a gelato shop and blackberry picking in the summer — has recently reopened after a second COVID-19 hiatus.

The Bramble Cafe, which offers breakfast items outdoors near the blackberry bramble, is now open on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. And Elderslie Restaurant, which offers reservation-only, multi-course farm-to-table dinners, is back

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