Anchor Restaurant at Merle Hay Mall Set to Close Saturday
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Just days after getting $4.8 million to remodel, Merle Hay Mall has learned an anchor restaurant is closing. Old Chicago will close for business Saturday after 12 years of serving customers at the mall. It will leave a 12,000 square foot retail hole in the mall. Last Monday, the Des Moines City Council approved a development agreement to pay for updates to the mall. The city is increasing the mall's annual tax increment financing over the next 12 years to offset the costs.