The year was 1998. Bruce decided that what Des Moines needed was a fine dining fresh seafood restaurant. He opened Splash Seafood Bar & Grill in his Historic Homestead Building at 3rd and Locust. Splash serves jet fresh seafood flown in from Hawaii, Seattle and Boston and features one of the Midwest’s premier wine list. Splash has gained a national reputation as a destination for foodies that enjoy fine dining, superb service and some of the most innovative seafood preparations found anywhere between the coasts. Featuring the same attention to detail that ensured the success of his Historic Renovation projects, Splash has been awarded the WINE SPECTATOR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE fourteen consecutive years and the DISTINGUISHED RESTAURANTS OF NORTH AMERICA AWARD six consecutive years.


In the year 2007, the Splash Oyster Bar was built in the Homestead Building. The restaurant features oysters caught in the cold, clear waters of the Pacific Northwest and Prince Edward Island. The Oyster Bar also offers the largest selection in the Midwest of caviars from around the world. It is Iowa’s first and only Oyster/Caviar Bar.