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King Tower cafe being restored to former exterior colors - Arfris buy property

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September 13, 2017
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

-Employees of the King Tower Cafe on Tama's east edge pitched in on their day off on Tuesday to begin repainting the exterior of the 80-year-old landmark business in the orignal red and white colors. Jimmy (Vlaznim) and Lejka Arifi (third and fourth from right) have purchased the business after leasing it for the past five years. Employees helping out included Theresa Handsacker, manager (on ladder) who was joined by (l-r) Joe and Becky King, Audrey Evans, Tyler Galloway, Kristi Lasley, the Arifis, Jerry Hill and Heather Yoakum. Other improvements include new floor coverings in the dining room and main cafe area to be installed shortly, Jimmy said.

Reported in the Sept. 1 issue of The News-Herald:

Anne Michael, Tama, is spearheading an effort to include the King Tower Cafe, restored tourist cabin and hopefully the Lincoln Highway Bridge in an historic district.

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News-Herald/John Speer

The News-Herald invited comments on the story.

Here are some of the responses posted on the and Chronicle-News-Herald Facebook page:

CL Olin: how I remember that place

Joan L. Yanda: My mom use to work there, and so did I when I was in high school. I learned to be a very efficient waitress there-my motto since those days has always been "make every step count" I still say it to this day!

Marylou Ferden: My father Ralph Youngman was the cook there the Mansfelds era. Lots of memories

Deb Winterroth: Great place to gather when the Bars closed

Carol L McGowan: Part of a lot of Iowa families past. Ever been there?? Article priceless. Hope it happens!

Kelly Brinkhus: remember place? Good times

Lonny Orcutt: I remember eating there a lot with my parents and grandparents as a young kid good memories

Rosemary DeFino Brady shared your post and: So many memories of my 40 years in Tama are tied to King Tower. Tracy grew up having family first manage then own King Tower. I actually worked for Leonard Taylor as daytime manager, pie baker and lasagna maker for a while back in the 1980's.. Tracy and I were loyal customers and friends of most of the staff. I used to tease Tracy that it was his satellite office for his insurance business...Thanks Ann for your part in this adventure..

Lea Husak: My aunt and uncle owned the King Tower! Great memories!

Holly Hagerty: Our family would go there after church (almost every Sunday, after Grandma Hag passed away ). The stories my girls still talk about...

Loretta Ledvina: I remember after bars closed the next stop was king towers.

Ginny Smith-Shover: Interesting proud of you Ann

Buffy Ann Rutledge: I worked for 4 different owners there. Lots of good memories and good people.

Chad Green: Used to go in there with my parents back when the pack was owned by I. B. P.

Patricia M. Henle: I remember when we lived in Montour that Mom worked nights. Dad would take turns taking us older kids to pick Mom up in the early mornings. We would be allowed a donut and cocoa.

Charles W. Betz: I cooked there on the overnight shift when they were open 24/7. Peeled lots of potatoes. Fun times.

Bev Henle-Foels: Our Mom was a waitress there a few years.



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