Insight On Business the News Hour

Restaurant Closings - What’s Going On?

The past month has seen a number of locally owned restaurants close their doors. Some due to construction others due to a lack of business or a decision to just...quit. We thought it might be a good time to ask what is going on in the industry. Here Jessica Dunker from the Iowa Restaurant Association gives us some insight into the challenging world of the restaurant business. We also ask "what's hot" right now and we're a little surprised at the answer...

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Largest “Restaurant” in Iowa

Each Friday we present our Restaurant of the Week. This week we thought you might like to learn more about the largest restaurant in all of Iowa...and it's located right here in the Des Moines Metro. Meet Amanda Miller, and the truth is...she and her staff feed thousands every day through the Des Moines Public School District.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Networking, Waxing, Angry Goldfish and Facebook with Laura

We get to chat a bit with Laura Kinnard about a host of things from Cityview Best Of to networking, waxing, Angry Goldfish and changes to Facebook for business. It's a wide-ranging conversation with the author of DMBizMixer. Have some fun and get out there. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Lemon Grass - Restaurant of the Week

One of the nice things about having done the Business News Hour for so many years is that we've got lots of great interviews already in the can...just in case somebody has to cancel. Today we climb into our Way-Back Machine for this conversation with Owner/Chef Chad Lovan of Lemon Grass our Restaurant of the week!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Airport Hospitality - Meet Cheng Lor

When we made the decision to attend the Media Day at the Des Moines International Airport for the purpose of learning more about the new amenities offered to travelers we did not expect this story. Meet Cheng Lor the President/CEO of Aero Service Group based in Minneapolis. For several years his company worked the Fredericks Coffee stand, just past TSA screening area, turning in solid growth each year. When it came to the food service at the Des Moines International Airport the Airport Authority made the decision to partner with Mr. Lor. Listen as you learn about his life in Cambodia, the "Killing Fields" and how that experience shapes his business today. It's quite the story...

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Passenger Experience - DSM International Airport

It was "Media Day" at the Des Moines International Airport where Kevin Foley, Executive Director of the Des Moines Airport Authority was eager to talk about the new amenities being offered to travelers. From food to travel swag to new restaurants it was quite the open house. We sat down with Kevin for an extended interview about, not only food, but funding of the proposed new terminal. Side note, nearly 1,500 people work at the airport...

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Akebono Japanese - Our Restaurant of the Week

Each week we offer up an interview with a locally owned restaurant to share with you their back story. Our Restaurant of the Week this week is Akebono Japanese Restaurant in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Meet Nam Tran who came to America from Vietnam as a child, learned his craft and struck out on his own. Akebono, our Restaurant of the Week! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Hilton Des Moines Downtown - The Convention Center Hotel

This spring the new convention center hotel the Hilton Des Moines Downtown will open it's doors to what is hoped some brisk business. Here we visit with Matt Felling the hotel general manager about what visitors to Des Moines, and those of us who live here, can expect. Matt has 36 years with Hilton and says this hotel is, by far, the most technologically advanced property he has been in. The hotel is a joint venture between the City of Des Moines and Polk County who have hired Hilton to run the adventure. Oh, and looking for a job? The Hilton Des Moines Downtown is hiring and here is a link to find out more and to make application and coming up in January there are two job fairs. Have a listen! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Trellis Our Restaurant of the Week!

While it might be a cold winter you can warm up at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Center with Trellis a creation from Lisa LaValle and her husband Michael. Here you can enjoy a menu that reflects Lisa's passion for fresh and local in a setting unlike anything else in the Des Moines Metro. With Lisa is Jake Miller the general manager for Port Of Des Moines the company behind Trellis, The Riverwalk Hub, Trellis Catering, J.A. White Riverboat and The River Center the newest event center in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Side note of history: The site of The River Center is the warehouse where Old Tavern Brewing Company, one of the oldest breweries in the Metro, once stood. Here is our conversation... 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Magnolia Our Restaurant of the Week!

Perhaps the most relaxing locally owned restaurant in the Des Moines Metro is Magnolia Wine Kitchen next door to our studios on Locust Street downtown. No television to distract from the conversation but there is great music, great food and comfy seating with a great view of the Sculpture Park. Meet Chef Nico Ebtinger and owner Annie Baldwin for a conversation of one of our favorite places to eat, drink and chat. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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