There's an a new diner in town that features a slick, retro look and offers a menu of the ultimate in comfort food. Open for just a couple of months, the new Webster City Maid-Rite Diner, 409 Closz Drive, has already attracted a solid following of area residents and hungry travelers.
"We've had a really good response from people in town and from people pulling off the highway," said Kendall Doolittle, Webster City, the owner of the new Maid-Rite.
The restaurant, which shares the building with a Doc's Stop convenience store, has housed many different restaurants in the past, Doolittle said.
The Maid-Rite Diner offers convenient counter and booth dining. Murals of early Webster City scenes decorate several walls.
A corner booth offers a cozy space to dine.
Customers will find a large menu offering everything from breakfast to dinners and sweet treats.
"We had always leased this portion of the building out in the past," he said. "So instead of trying to lease the building out again, we decided to something ourselves.
"With our restaurant location, we're convenient for everyone from people who work downtown, to employees at the Van Diest Medical Center, along with the employees and visitors to the Hamilton County Courthouse just up the street to the thousands of daily travelers along Highways 20 and 17," he said.
The interior of the restaurant has undergone a complete remodel to feature Maid-Rite's retro-style diner dcor with both counter and booth seating available for 144 customers. A community room offers comfortable space for meetings or banquets.
Doolittle said he investigated many different franchises before deciding to go with Maid-Rite, the iconic Iowa restaurant chain which was started in 1926 in Muscatine. The restaurants are famous for ground beef loose meat sandwiches, homemade breaded tenderloins and malts and shakes. The Webster City Maid-Rite has expanded the traditional menu to offer breakfast items, lunch and dinner entrees and daily specials.
"We wanted to find something that would allow us to serve breakfast. Maid-Rite isn't normally associated with breakfast but we're offering a full breakfast menu that's available all day long," Doolittle said. The breakfast menu includes traditional breakfast fare like eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast as well as skillets, omelets, french toast, pancakes and even a Maid-Rite burrito.
Diners will also find a variety of tasty lunch and dinner options including broasted chicken, tenderloins, and many, many other things, according to Doolittle. In honor of the Hamilton County Speedway, the Webster City Maid-Rite offers a Race-Rite sandwich - made with Maid-Rite ground beef topped with hash browns and melted cheese. Also on the menu are gourmet burgers like the Mushroom, Bacon and Swiss Burger Combo, the Jalapeno Cheeseburger Combo and the Chili Cheeseburger Combo. To cap off a meal or as a sweet treat, Maid-Rite offers old-fashioned malts and shakes, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes, brownie sundaes and homemade pies.
For youngsters, Webster City Maid-Rite offers a kids' menu with a choice of Kids-Rite, hot dogs, chicken strips or mac and cheese.
Bradley Burt, president and CEO of Maid-Rite, which is headquartered in Des Moines, said he was pleased to have the opportunity to do business with Doolittle.
"Kendall Doolittle is well-known and respected in the Webster City community and he fully understands the importance of responsive, friendly, hometown customer service, and in having a spotlessly clean restaurant staffed by their friendly and outgoing employees," Burt said.
The Webster City Maid-Rite Diner is open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on the weekends 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.