Sunday, October 05, 2014

New airport restaurant hopes to attract 'them people' • Mason City Municipal (KMCW), Iowa

Them People At The Airport Cafe 
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MASON CITY | Stacy Rucker, co-owner of the new café at Mason City Municipal Airport, is no stranger to the restaurant business.

The airport restaurant opened Wednesday.

Her parents, Wayne and Mary Howard, ran the Town Pump restaurant in Clear Lake from 1986 to 1996.

"It was just a bar when they first had it," said Rucker. "One day, my dad told me to get up out of bed and start making cheeseburgers. We were going to be giving them away.

"Giving them away," I asked. "Yep, he said, and if people like them, we're going to open a restaurant. And that's how it became a restaurant," she said.

Rucker and her husband, Kevin, have operated a food truck for the past three years and have enjoyed success at events such as Thursday on Main in Clear Lake and Friday Night Live in Mason City. "And especially during RAGBRAI," said Kevin.

They said they've thought about having their own restaurant and decided to try it when they saw there was an opportunity at the airport.

Their goal was to get it up and running prior to Air Choice One beginning commercial air service to and from Chicago on Nov. 17.

They want their place to be distinctive and, if the name of the place is any indication, they're off to a good start. The restaurant is called "Them People at the Airport Café."

"With the food truck, it's pretty common to look for people who placed an order and say 'it's them people over there'," said Kevin. "Them people is our kind of people."

The restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Mondays.

The menu includes typical breakfast items such as eggs, pancakes and cereal. Lunch and evening fare includes steak sandwich, hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, fries and beverages.

"We have a Facebook page and we encourage people to look at it because the menu will constantly change," said Stacy. "We'll listen to our customers and serve what they want," she said.

Asked what their specialty will be, Kevin smiled and said, "french fries. Most places serve french fries but we make them fresh and we make them special," he said. "People will remember our fries."

The restaurant also includes a corner nook with a wide-screen television, magazines, books and comfortable furniture.

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