Captain Roy’s

September 10, 2018 · Gather, People, Preserve · 0 comments

It was a shed. It had few distinguishing features.  There was a patina.  Some caused by fire, some caused by flood and still more caused by an unfortunate choice of paint. The shed seemed to have nothing, except a position.

This position is defined as:

                In a park

                Along a bike trail

                Beside a river

                Near a marina

To just a few, it was obvious that this was nirvana. A resurrection was required to make a position into a place. A food truck was to be the gravity to this position.  It was orange.  A fortunate choice of paint. The shed would protect the food truck, contain bathrooms and a bar.

The site would be further defined by an asphalt floor dining room under strings of lights, a deck for thinking and drinking and a performance stage repurposed from an ailing pontoon boat. And bike racks.

People came to the position.  They came by auto, boat, bike and motor bike.  They were fed from the food truck, served drinks from the shed and witnessed music emanating from a grounded pontoon craft. 

The position is now a place called Captain Roy’s. The color choices have been fortunate.

It is a shed.


Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Program: Commercial/Entertainment

Area: 1,704 SF

Client: Less Than Trinity, LLC.

Photo Credits: Joseph Kastner