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Emporium opens for a hearty Saturday breakfast

February 26, 2009
By Lori Berglund — Daily Freeman-Journal Editor

Honing in on 30 years of serving up some of Webster City's finest dining, the Second Street Emporium is still looking for new and fresh ways to keep long-time customers satisfied, as well as attract newcomers to the quiet tables and relaxing ambience that Scott and Candy Rector have always sought to provide at their family-owned restaurant in downtown Webster City.

One of the best new offerings can be sampled every Saturday morning at the Emporium. For those early bird lovers, the Emporium first opened for breakfast on Valentine's Day this year, and is now open every Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

The Saturday morning breakfasts are tailor-made for those who want to sleep in a bit, and then start the weekend right with a breakfast out on the town. With pancakes, sausages, and scrambled eggs, the breakfasts offer a hearty fare in a relaxing atmosphere.

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It’s a family affair at the Second Street Emporium. From left above are Cade, Kendyl, Cami, Cali, Candy and Scott Rector. At right, Brayden Berg checks out the lemon wedge that dresses up his Shirley Temple.

Customers seem to be enjoying the newest breakfast choice in town and, true to the more laid back feel of Saturdays, some customers are ordering breakfast as late as 1 p.m.

Another new feature on the menu at the Emporium is a daily Lighten Up Iowa offering. With more and more Americans looking for healthy choices, the Rectors have added a daily special that is lighter in calories and richer in nutrition.

Recent offerings have included lean cuts of pork loin served on a whole grain bread with asparagus and pineapple or chicken breast on wild rice.

Hoagies are another new addition to the menu, but all these new choices does not mean that the Rectors have abandoned all the old favorites. "Scott's famous sirloin steak sandwich" is always a favorite, as are deep fried mushrooms, choice burgers, French dips, and even a healthy lemon pepper chicken.

All the old favorites are still on the menu, but with even more choices, according to the Rectors.

The Emporium also continues to be a popular place for service groups and other community functions. One group taking advantage of the fine dining recently was the second grade class at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Webster City. As a reward for each student reading 100 minutes, the class got to enjoy an outing to the Emporium, where the Rectors talked about the skills needed by waitresses and chefs.

Class members had lots of questions, but seemed to enjoy their treats of cheese balls and Shirley Temples most of all.

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