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2006/08/07 12:29:07 (permalink)

RIP Stone's of Marshalltown

It's true, Stone's of Marshalltown, Iowa is no more! After 119 years in business and five generations of Stone family ownership, the restaurant is closed and the business up for sale. We'll sure miss that tall lemon chiffon pie.
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2006/08/07 22:27:01 (permalink)
    Very sad news.
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2006/08/08 11:25:45 (permalink)
    I can't believe it is closing after 119 years in business. A real shame. I only made it to Stone's once and that was six years ago. The two things I most remember most were how ridiculously tall the lemon chiffon pie was and how much difficulty I had finding the place. Maybe if we are lucky, new owners will be found that are willing to carry on the Stone's family tradition.
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2006/08/14 13:07:30 (permalink)
    Thanks to all those who visited Stone's and Marshalltown over the years. Your patronage and appreciation is what made the decision to close so difficult. We also hope someone will come forward to carry on the traditions.
    Randy Stone
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2006/08/14 13:45:32 (permalink)
    Randy-
    Thank you very much to you and your family for running such a great restaurant. At the risk of being nosy, do you mind if I ask why it is being closed and sold? I know how difficult it must be. I am a third generation owner in my family business (53 years old) and I can't imagine how I would feel if it closed.

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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2006/08/15 20:08:10 (permalink)
    BB-
    We found that, because of other pressing demands, we could not devote the time we needed to keeping the restaurant up to the standards that Grandma Anna would have approved of. Interestingly enough, after we made the decision, we found an old box of letters that included a story from the local paper dated a month before WWII ended in which Anna was quoted as saying she was going to close because, with the war effort, she could not get the quality of food she needed to meet her high standards. Along with this was a letter from Duncan Hines, who was a restaurant guidebook author at the time and a friend of hers, saying how sorry he was to hear she was closing. She reopened after the war ended and ran the restaurant until she died in 1969 and our Uncle Don took over. The thing we will miss the most is the interaction with appreciative folks such as yourself.
    regards,
    Randy
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2006/08/15 21:33:23 (permalink)
    Randy-
    Thank you again for the reply and the story about Grandma Anna. I wish you and your family the best!
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2006/08/17 01:14:17 (permalink)
    While working on my Duncan Hines biography, I remember reading some documentation in which Duncan Hines expressed regret in the mid-1940s that she was closing the restaurant. The time right after World War II was a difficult one for a lot of restaurants nationwide. Duncan Hines was very glad she reconsidered her decision to close. He loved their lemon pie with the mile-high meringue. He also sang loud hosannas about their angel food pie.
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2006/08/17 11:45:35 (permalink)
    Louis-
    I would be very interested in purchasing and reading your biography of Duncan Hines. Can you give me some more info?
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2006/08/17 19:57:50 (permalink)
    Sure, I'll give you a link to my website below. The name of the biography is "Duncan Hines: The Man Behind the Cake Mix." Click on the book of your choice and it will take you to the publisher's website, where you can buy it. The final product ended being about half of the original manuscript. The original text was 750 pages. I had to remove about half before they would publish it. The publisher told me that no one would read a book that long. Still, it's a pretty good read.

    There are also two other Duncan Hines related books on this site for which I've edited and written introductions. One is "Adventures in Good Cooking." This is a facsimile of the 1955 edition, the final one in which Hines had an editorial hand. This cookbook was first published in 1939 and managed to be one of the top 15 best sellers for that year. It consists of recipes from some of the restaurants that Hines recommended. You probably won't find several of these recipes served in restaurants anymore. It's interesting to see what people ate more than a half-century ago.

    The other Hines-related book is somewhat similar in that it consists of desserts served in many of the restaurants Duncan Hines made famous. This volume is called "The Dessert Book." Mercer University Press, the publisher of all these books, took Duncan Hines' 1955 paperback, "Duncan Hines' Dessert Book," reset the type, added my introductions, and produced a very nice, readable coffee table book that you can spread out on your kitchen counter while preparing the various delectable treats within. This was an activity that couldn't be done with the paperback version without having to use two heavy objects to hold back the pages while preparing its contents. This second volume also contains a few recipes by Duncan Hines himself, as well as several of his friends and family who enjoyed food in all its glories as much as he did.

    My recommemdation is to buy both cookbooks, as they were initially meant to be sold as a set. If the introductions for each book are read together, one gets a better idea of the entire scope of what people ate 50 to nearly 70 years ago in America's better restaurants between large cities.

    The biography was published in January 2002 and the cookbooks were published in November 2002.

    If you have any questions, email me, and I'll try to answer them.

    http://www.louishatchett.com/

    For what it's worth, quite a few of the restaurants Duncan Hines recommended are still around, some in better shape than others. I did a survey earlier this year and found nearly 100 that are still in existence that were included in the 1941 edition.

    I hope you enjoy the books.
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/01/08 13:41:41 (permalink)
    Thanks for all the kind words from Stone's patrons. We are happy to announce that, do to popular demand, Stone's will reopen with 5th generation Joe and Sarah Stone minding the store. We are presently doing some minor updating and are hoping to be ready for reopening by Valentine's Day. We will be celebrating our 120th anniversary this July.
    regards,
    Randy Stone
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/01/08 13:49:26 (permalink)
    Randy-
    Congratulations.....that is wonderful news. And I appreciate you letting us know! I'm sure the people of Marshalltown will be lining up to get in.
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/01/08 13:51:42 (permalink)
    Stones in Marshalltown and possibly the 2nd Ave Deli in NYC!!!

    What's next????

    Maybe my longshot restaurant prediction of 2006 will really happen in 2007!!
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/01/08 14:12:36 (permalink)
    wanderingjew-
    What prediction is that? If it involves more defunct Roadfood places reopening, I am all for it!
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/01/08 14:28:15 (permalink)
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    wanderingjew-
    What prediction is that? If it involves more defunct Roadfood places reopening, I am all for it!


    I was trying to find the original post

    Yep, my prediction was along the lines that all the chains would go out of business and all the defunct restaurants would spontaneously come back to life!

    I found it!

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10943&SearchTerms=trends
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/01/09 11:43:21 (permalink)
    wanderingjew-
    Wow! That is eerie.....maybe you have a gift? Anyway, I hope that this is a trend that continues.
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/02/01 16:26:39 (permalink)
    Randy -

    I host/produce a local interview program on WOI Radio in Ames. I'd love to interview your son about reopening Stone's Restaurant, but I don't know how to reach him. Could you put me in contact with him? Thanks! Katherine Perkins - WOI Radio
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/02/12 17:46:31 (permalink)
    Kathleen,

    I have a number. E-mail me and I'll get it to you.

    Jay Wagner
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/02/16 14:07:18 (permalink)
    Stone's
    641-844-1887
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/02/18 19:45:54 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Randy1887

    Thanks for all the kind words from Stone's patrons. We are happy to announce that, do to popular demand, Stone's will reopen with 5th generation Joe and Sarah Stone minding the store. We are presently doing some minor updating and are hoping to be ready for reopening by Valentine's Day. We will be celebrating our 120th anniversary this July.
    regards,
    Randy Stone

    I cried with tears of joy when I heard this news! Have you opened yet? (Valentine's Day was last week)
    Nemo
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/02/19 11:16:40 (permalink)
    Hi Katherine,
    Sorry to take so long to respond but you can reach my son Joe and Stone's Restaurant at 641-844-1887. Thank you for your interest. Stone's has now been open since Valentine's Day and the reopening has been met with a great response from old and new customers alike. Thanks to all!
    regards,
    Randy Stone
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/02/19 11:25:35 (permalink)
    Randy-
    Thank you for the response and congratulations on the reopening. It is great to have a classic Roadfood restaurant like Stone's open again!
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/03/06 08:03:42 (permalink)
    Seeing the review for Stone's added plus the photo of their amazing mile high lemon chiffon pie put a big smile on my face this morning!
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/03/06 08:54:45 (permalink)
    Thanks BB and thanks Michael for reactivating the review. My son Joe and wife Sarah have now reintroduced a couple old variations on the chiffon pies. Strawberry Chiffon and Black Bottom which is chocolate chiffon on the bottom and lemon on top. Both mile-high of course.
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/03/22 13:49:23 (permalink)
    Randy1887-
    It looks like I will be in Iowa over Easter weekend. Needless to say, eating at Stone's is at the top of my must do list. Will the restaurant be open Good Friday and Easter Sunday?
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/03/22 14:10:51 (permalink)
    BB,
    Yes, Stone's will be open Friday from 11am until 9pm, Saturday same hours (Prime Rib Special) and Easter Sunday Buffet (unbustable) from 11am until 3pm. Looking forward to seeing you! Can I make a reservation for you? Always a good idea on the weekends.
    regards,
    Randy
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/03/22 16:13:02 (permalink)
    Randy-
    Considering my screenname, I don't think I can pass up the Stone's unbustable Easter Sunday buffet. As long as you assure me that I will still be able to get some of your mile high lemon chiffon pie.

    I am glad you recommended reservations. I would very much appreciate you making reservations for me for Sunday 4/08/07 at 11:00, party of 2, under the name Strutz. I am so looking forward to eating there!
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/03/22 16:25:54 (permalink)
    BB,
    Reservation made. Lemon Chiffon reserved. See you on Easter Sunday. Thanks!!!
    regards,
    Randy
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/03/23 14:13:26 (permalink)
    Randy1887-
    Thanks again for making my reservation for me. I haven't been to Stone's since 2000 and I am really looking forward to the visit. If you are there Easter Sunday, I hope you have time to come to my table and say hello.
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    RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/03/23 14:17:07 (permalink)
    BB,
    Yes, I will be there. I am looking forward to meeting you.
    regards,
    Randy
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