• Urban Fish Taco
  • Cocktail with lime, lemon and cucumber

The Urban Grill

Our Story

The Urban Grill was established in May of 2002 by Skip Bachman. Skip was in the restaurant business for over thirty years after a start in the bar business in the mid 70's. Skip was the founder and owner of Skip's, Francie's and Nick's Bar & Grill, as well as The Urban Grill.

Construction started in November 2001, on what was a Hardee's. The work was done by Dave Thompson's construction company. Skip and Dave were longtime friends, dating back to the seventies when they built houses next to each other. Over the many years of their friendship, they completed several projects together such as Skip's, Francie's and a few others.

After completing construction of The Urban Grill, Dave closed his construction company and joined Skip in the restaurant business. Dave managed at Nick's Bar and Grill for three years before becoming the general manager of The Urban Grill in 2005. Dave purchased The Urban Grill from Skip in October 2013. Today the Urban Grill is the definition of a family run business, with Thompson's as board members, managers, servers and hosts, as well as our many staff members that are regarded as family.

Dave later went on to open District 36 in Ankeny, and now Urban Cellar in West Des Moines, Urban Taproom in Winterset and Urban on The Square in Winterset.


Located in the heart of Urbandale, Iowa just minutes from interstates 80, 35 and 235. The Urban Grill takes pride in having a friendly, welcoming, neighborhood atmosphere with an upscale polished décor. The Urban Grill's warm and rich environment, which features Honduran Mahogany walls and modern furnishings, invites guests to completely relax and enjoy our All-American cuisine for lunch or dinner six days a week. We are family owned and take pride in being on premise to see that all of our guests receive the quality service and food they deserve.