Popular Des Moines barbecue chain Jethro’s BBQ to open soon in Ames


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Jethro’s BBQ, home of the Adam Emmenecker sandwich, recently announced that it will open a new location in Ames. 

Lesly Espinoza

Popular Des Moines chain Jethro’s BBQ will soon open a new location in Ames.

Jethro’s is a popular chain that started in Des Moines and has expanded around the area. 

It has been featured on Travel Channel’s “Man vs Food,” America’s “100 Best BBQ” Runner-Up and on Men’s Health Magazine as the “Manliest Restaurant in the Midwest.”

The new restaurant will be located near South Duff Avenue and South 16th Street in the former Aldi building.

The barbecue restaurant can also be found in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Altoona, Ankeny, Johnston and Waukee.

Jethro’s in Ames will be the largest sports bar in the Midwest that will feature steaks, Iowa pork chops and barbecue offerings.

The restaurant will be about a thousand feet away from the famous Hickory Park, which has been in Ames since 1970.