in 1985. Ruth’s home style cooking set the standard for the Café that still lives on 20 years later. Ruth not only started the Café, but she is still in many ways the heart of our home made pies. Ruth’s sister Shirley also was a big part of the Café from the beginning. Both sisters home made pies are not only award winning, they have also won the taste buds of everyone that visits the café from our locals to the visitors we get from all over the country. Over the years, Ruth’s presence has been that of a mother, to the friends and employee’s of the Iowa Café.
The Iowa Café was then passed on to Dani From Ruth, along with it’s many traditions. Dani was a waitress at the Café for 10 years. Dani became owner from October 1999-Febuary 2005. Even though Dani wasn’t from Iowa, she carried on many of the down to earth traditions and started a few more of her own, that helped make the Café so popular. Dani then passed the Iowa Café on to another employee in March 2005. Pam Ohsman, who worked at the Café for 6 years over the winter months decided to buy the Café when it came up for sale, making the Iowa Café owned again by another Iowan.