July 05, 2019 09:45 PM
(ABC 6 News)-- On a sidewalk in downtown Mason City, sits a small and charming valentine diner. Suzie Q Cafe is undergoing a full restoration, to bring the quaint diner back to its former glory.
“It was built completely off-site, fabricated off-site and then dropped off here in 1948 where it’s been ever since," said new co-owner, Tahmyrah Lytle. “Right now we are restoring the interior to try and get it back to what it looked like in 1948, or at least what we imagine it looks like in 1948 because we can’t be totally sure – there’s not too many pictures.”
Over the years, Suzie Q Cafe has been under the operation of 11different owner groups. ForLytle, taking the diner under her wing was a no-brainer.
“I feel really strongly about preserving history, and this is just a blast from the past,” Lytle said. “It’s a 10-stool diner and we’re not going to change that. It’s going to have the exact same layout as before.”
They’ll complete the maintenance that was not done, but greatly needed throughout the years.
“What we wanted to do before opening it up again, is make sure that it has that TLC that it’s been needing this whole time to make sure that it can last another 70-plus years,” said Lytle.
As for the food, they plan to keep the menu primarily the same, and also add a few new things, including some fresh options.
“Since it’s a small establishment, we can only carry room for one. But it seems like malts are going to come out the winner – it’s a very nice classic dinner dessert. Who doesn’t like fries, a malt and a burger?” said head chef, Stephanie Zick.
“I know we’re just the new kids on the block and we’re young, and I’m sure people are worried that we’re going to try to take away from the magic that’s here – but honestly I don’t think we could get rid of that magic if we tried, and I don’t want to,” Lytle said.
Updated: July 05, 2019 09:45 PM
Created: July 05, 2019 07:06 PM
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