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Jethro is a biker

Jethro is a biker. He thinks best on his bike. RAGBRAI is his favorite. Southern Hills called. Jethro answered the call and built a palace that cannot be found anywhere in town. Big Foot was invited along too. Mythology prevails. Now Jethro and his family are proud as a peacock to welcome you to Jethro’s [...]

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Service or Food?

So which is it? Why has Jethro’s been able to grow from 0 to 700 employees in the last 12 years during the height of what some talking heads refer to as the Great Recession? Is it the delicious food? Or, is it the great service? It is both. It is the Team of people [...]

By |2021-01-22T15:36:18-06:00December 15th, 2020|Comments Off on Service or Food?


2017 brings a new chapter in the life of Jethro. Bruce has been searching in Ames for several years to find a new home for Jethro. Ames is of course home to Iowa State University and a lot of rabid Cyclone sports fans. What better city than to build the largest sports bar in the [...]

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The Origins of Jethro

The first known reference on our planet to a man named Jethro was in the OLD TESTAMENT. It seems the biblical Jethro married one of the daughters of Moses and spent the rest of his days being a good son in law, procreating, and then helping Moses lead the Jews to the “Promised Land”. The [...]

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Bacon Bacon Bacon (By the Ton)

No, you are not seeing double. October of 2014 brought the opening of Jethro’s BBQ n’ Bacon Bacon in West Des Moines. The newest Jethro’s serves our wonderful BBQ and Breakfast Always. The menu features Buckets of Bacon, Hand carved Bacon Steak Sandwiches, Triple Bacon Burgers, Bacon wrapped ribs, Chocolate Covered Bacon, tator tot casserole [...]

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William Shatner Calls

Burbank, Rodeo Drive , Beverly Hills, The Slawson Cut Off, it all came true to life for Jethro when William Shatner called and invited Bruce and Chef Dom to be on his new TV show “Moving America Forward”. Mr. Shatner’s Show spotlights entrepeneurs that have prospered and helped move America forward during the midst of [...]

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The Pork Chop Grill

There are over 21,000,000 pigs in Iowa and more than 6,000 restaurants. Not one of those restaurants has ever paid homage to the pig the way in which the new Jethro’s BBQ n’ Pork Chop Grill does. Ground was broken on the new Pork Chop Grill in July of 2013. The new 6,500 square foot [...]

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One Amazing Woman! World Eating Champion!

Molly Schulyler, all 5’5″, 120 pounds of her electrified the State of Iowa when she crossed the border from her native Bellevue, Nebraska into Iowa to take on the Adam Emmenecker Challenge. The Challenge of course is to eat the 5 pound sandwich and waffle fries in 15 minutes or less. Thousands had tried, only [...]

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The Discovery Channel

January of 2013 brought more national and international exposure to Jethro's, as THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL premiered their new series titled “The United States of Bacon”. To kick off the new season camera crews came to the heart of bacon country, Des Moines, Iowa and featured THE JETHRO SANDWICH at the Jethro’s Jambalaya location. Once again [...]

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Going North to Ankeny

The story continues… one night, as Jethro slept… he dreamed of a paradise where his family lived and fished every day on a lake full of walleye. Jethro awoke, and began exploring the north woods. His dream soon came true as he discovered a secluded lake, built his dream house, shot a moose, elk and [...]

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