Slater resident Troy Harms is seeing his dream of 14 years come true. Not many people get to live their dream, but in this case, it all fell into place and now it’s no longer a dream.
“R Place” is located at 1790 Giddings St., Kelley, or better known at the crossroads just off R 38, west of Kelley. The name came from a couple different suggestions, one that it is located on R 38 and the other in hopes that people would “Meet at R Place.”
“I have been a bartender for 14 years,” explained Harms.
And according to his partner in the business, Sonia Wallis, he is one of the best bartenders around.
Harms was a bartender when R Place was known as Cross Roads Tavern. Last year, Cross Roads closed. At that time, the owners thought about converting the building into a banquet hall. When that didn’t work out for them, Harms was asked if he would be interested in leasing the building.
“We have lots of room out here,” explained Wallis. “Troy jumped on the opportunity to lease the building, which has approximately 2,500 square feet.”
According to the partners, R Place is not just a bar.
“We want this place to be a fun place for adults and families as well,” Wallis explained. “We want everyone to feel welcome when they come here.”
The inside of the building was pretty much gutted and rebuilt. During the past few months, when it was under renovation, people would stop by and come in for a look to see what was going on.
“We would have people stop by while we were working here,” commented Harms, “and everyone was very positive about what we were doing, and excited and willing to help.”
The new establishment will not just be a bar, but will be offering their own style of pizzas and appetizers. On the menu there will be items like cheese balls, French fries and onion rings, and more will be added as they explore other options. The pizza menu will include specialty pizzas, as well as customers being able to build their own with fresh ingredients.
“Our kitchen won’t be open for about a month,” said Wallis. “We don’t want to open the food end until we have it done right. We are serving beverages with 10 beers on tap, which include Iowa craft beers and bottle beers as well. We also have a full line of hard liquor for mixed drinks and Moscow Mules.”
The overall atmosphere of R Place has taken on a clean industrial look. There is a game area with pinball, foosball, darts, pool and a jukebox. Harms and Wallis are also in hopes that a proposed connection to local recreational trails will eventually take place, which would bring more people into Kelley and out to R Place.
“We are excited to offer a place for gatherings as well,” said Wallis. “We will also host party buses, bike nights and possibly a volleyball league in the summer. “We want people to come in and enjoy and have fun.”
Stop by and check out the new business on an old location. At one time it was even a gas station. If you are looking for a job, they would love to talk to you. Harms said that they are always looking for good help in all areas of the business, from kitchen help to servers. They can be reached at 515-556-8769.
Hours are seven days a week, from 3 p.m. to closing. Times may change with activities and seasons.
“Come on by before the next home ISU games,” invited Harms. “We hope to be the stopping point on the way to ISU activities and then on the way back after.”