Four places to impress a prospective employee

Four places to impress a prospective employee

If you’re looking to wow your interviewee, here are a few places to take them to lunch or dinner that will wow.

Cafe Baratta’s: Even before your future employee gets to see the restaurant, they will witness the growth and development of Iowa through the museum’s exhibits. History will show and perhaps convince them that Des Moines is the place to be. Located on the third floor of the museum, Cafe Baratta’s is a cozy and modern bistro with a panoramic view of the city, and local art featured on the walls. Their food is made from scratch and their menu changes seasonally. The panini is the most popular item. For a more private setting, there are classrooms available at the museum, and Cafe Baratta’s is happy to serve you there. Find it: Third floor of State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust St., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday., 515-281-3294.

Raccoon River Brewing Company: The Raccoon River Brewing Company revitalized the Clemens building built in 1916, and is a cornerstone of downtown dining. You can impress a prospective employee with favorites or seasonal brews made by Raccoon River. The restaurant serves pub fare food along with the drinks, and they provide a casual environment. If you choose to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main area, the upstairs provides a quiet space for conversation. Find it: 200 10th St., 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. (The bar closes at 2 a.m.) Friday and Saturday., 515-362-5222.

Cafe di Scala: It’s currently a contemporary Italian restaurant, but the restaurant was previously a Victorian mansion and a boarding house for businesswomen. Cafe di Scala is the perfect place for employers who are looking to impress through history and style. The home, located in the Sherman Hill neighborhood, is more than 100 years old and the essence from its beginnings can still be appreciated today. Pastas are made fresh at the restaurant and the menu changes seasonally. Make sure to ask the host to lead you to the library room for a more private space. Find it: 644 18th Street, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday., 515-244-1353.

Proof: Many times trying to decide what to eat can get in the way of a great conversation. Not at Proof. The serving staff can quickly put together a meal so guests don’t need to devote time to staring at the menu. The restaurant is interview friendly, with a relaxing atmosphere, great natural light from the glass walls, and a central location in Western Gateway. Their menu is inspired by the Mediterranean, and they use local ingredients. They feature a specialty pasta each day, and a full bar at lunch. Most popular dishes to try are the lamb burgers and the falafel. Find it: 1301 Locust St., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 p.m.-close Wednesday through Saturday., 515-244-0655.

About the Author

Stephanie is a contributor to Juice.

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