Main Street Restaurant Week in Iowa Marked in Story City

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STORY CITY, Iowa -- Main Street Iowa’s Restaurant Week is underway through September 29. Dozens of eateries in all quadrants of the state have their names out there for people to pay a visit to.

One is the Royal Cafe, located inside the former Happy Chef Restaurant off Interstate 35 in Story City.

“We were in Huxley for 14 years, downtown Story City for 13. We’ve been out here at this old Happy Chef location for over four years now,” said Dale Shahan, owner of Royal Cafe. He began working at the eatery with his mother, Janet, back in the early 1990s. “Meat potatoes kind of things. We serve breakfast all day.”

Across Iowa, over 50 communities are inviting people to check out Main Street restaurants. A news release from Main Street Iowa said small businesses are the heart and soul of Iowa’s economy. Iowa ranks sixth nationally in Main Street entrepreneurship.

At the Royal Cafe, they serve up all-American food and also Norwegian Kumla.

“The annual festival is called Scandinavian Days, so all the Norwegians like to come in for their Kumla,” said Shahan. “Best way I can explain what it is, it’s potatoes, dumplings and ham served in a soup bowl, with ham and broth and a lot of butter.”

Royal Cafe is also known for homemade pies.

“Cherry is the most popular, cream pie, banana cream, coconut cream,” said Janet. People like that it’s homemade, with tender crust is what people want.

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