Des Moines restaurateur Bruce Gerleman, owner-operator of Splash Seafood Bar & Grill and what will soon be four Jethro's BBQ and Smokehouse restaurants across Greater Des Moines, has been named the Iowa Restaurant Association Restaurateur of the Year. Gerleman accepted the award on Sept. 23 at an awards ceremony at The Meadows Events & Conference Center at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino. "Bruce exemplifies restaurant excellence. He is a leader in the industry and the community alike," said Jessica Dunker, the association's president and CEO.