The Des Moines restaurateur who also is devoted bike commuter talks about one of the worst bike rides of his life: It was a stormy, soggy epic struggle along the Great Western Trail south of the city that Auen never will forget.
From the event: Climb That Hill
Sam Auen is the thick-bearded entrepreneur who runs a growing, eclectic array of restaurants: Tacopocalypse, Krunkwich Ramen House and the forthcoming dim sum eatery Piu Piu. You might have spotted him on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives.” He's also a metalhead who loves loud guitar that blares from a wall of amplifiers. (His “doom metal” solo project called the Office, in which he plays all the instruments, has a gig July 16 at Lefty’s Live Music.) Auen also is a devoted bike commuter who is unafraid to pedal through all kinds of weather.