Soon-to-open club Noce heralds downtown’s new jazz age (via The Des Moines Register)

The rowdy night that New York writer Joseph March described in his 1928 poem “The Wild Party” had something for everyone – music, booze, hanky-panky, the whole works.

It was fictional, mostly, but it’s just the sort of evening that may come soon to a new Des Moines club, whose developers hope to offer all that Jazz Age fun but the kitchen sink and the bathtub of gin. It’s the next arrival in downtown’s decade-long party of development.

Noce, as it’s called – which means “walnut” in Italian and sounds like the Spanish word for “night” (pronounced NO-chay) – is in the works at 1326 Walnut Street, in one of the old brick auto shops south of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. It’s slated to open in time for a wild party on New Year’s Eve, providing a hub for a local jazz scene that has made do for decades without its own downtown space.

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