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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/03/23 14:23:52 (permalink)
Randy,

I am hoping to make it to Stone's sometime in 2008. It's a shame, I was in Iowa last year right after you guys closed.

Just out of curiousity do you have Iowa Style Pork Chops on the menu-
or better yet- is your menu on the web somewhere?
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2007/03/23 14:43:01 (permalink)
Wandering,
Yes, Iowa Chops are on the menu. We do not have a website up yet but are working on it. Should be up soon. Thanks for your interest!
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/02 15:12:24 (permalink)
We're sorry to again report that Stone's has been closed. The restaurant is for sale at a great price for someone interested in a historically significant Iowa landmark.
regards,
Randy
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/02 15:15:22 (permalink)
Randy-
So sorry to hear this news! If you don't mind me asking, was it the lack of business?

Good luck in finding a buyer.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/02 15:21:02 (permalink)
Sorry to hear that too

I was hoping to visit next June....
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/02 15:34:46 (permalink)
BB,
Yes. Even though we benefited tremendously from wonderful reviews by Jane and Michael, national and local news and great word of mouth from folks like you, I think we were thought of as a "fancy" place and lost business because of it. I guess I did not do a good enough job of marketing.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/02 15:38:09 (permalink)
Wandering,
Hopefully,under a new owner, the restaurant will be reopened by then. Thanks for thinking of us.
sincerely,
Randy
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/02 16:25:39 (permalink)
Randy

Sorry to hear of your closing.

I know it is a great loss to your community, and to ours here at Roadfood.

I wish you the best of luck, in whatever you do.


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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/03 09:07:50 (permalink)
Is there a review still available? I couldn't find one.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/27 06:13:39 (permalink)
Would like a little back ground info on Stone's anyone know where I could get it? Husband's family grew up here and would hate to see it purchased and have the venue changed. We have more than enough Chinese and Mexican resteraunts in Marshalltown already, we need a good down home family resteraunt like Stone's. I would love to see the history of Stone's carried on.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/30 13:31:42 (permalink)
Nunya,
What type of information would you like? Stone's is for sale through Coldwell Banker in Marshalltown.
There will be a forced public auction sale on March 6 if it is not sold prior to that. Thanks for your wish to see the history carried on. I would like that too.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/30 14:21:33 (permalink)
Huge place over 9000 sf. Does everything go with it?....Russ
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/30 16:05:58 (permalink)
Russ,
Yes. Tables are set and waiting. Turn on the gas in the kitchen and it's ready to go.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/30 20:55:46 (permalink)
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Turn on the gas in the kitchen and it's ready to go.


Dearfolk,
Be careful with that gas stuff or you'll evoke that old 45 hit by Jigsaw: "You've blown it all sky high." -- That would really be an ill-fitting, ignominous end to such a magnificent place.
Like many of you, although I've never been to Marshalltown, I'm intent on keeping up with this thread. Here's hoping the place reopens and prospers. It would be a sobbing, crying shame if that weren't ultimately to be the case.
Stone Glad To Be Here, Ort. Carlton in All-Too-Often-Everybody-Must-Get-Stoned Athens, Georgia.
P. S. When it does reopen, I will plan to drive out to Marshalltown and patronize the place. Now I will leave all 28,180 other "stone" puns to other posters... I'm caught between a rock and a hard place.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/31 05:11:12 (permalink)
Stone's was such a wonderful place and I consider myself fortunate to have been able to eat there twice. I have never had a dessert like their mile high lemon chiffon pie anywhere else.

Here is hoping a buyer interested in keeping the restaurant's tradition and history going steps forward.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/31 09:37:35 (permalink)
Rock on Ort.Carlton! Thanks to all for the wonderful comments. You guys make a very difficult time for the Stone family a lot easier to get through.
Sincerely,
Randy Stone
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/31 10:30:29 (permalink)
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I have never had a dessert like their mile high lemon chiffon pie anywhere else.


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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/31 19:54:20 (permalink)
My husband and I have looked at it and would dearly love to purchase, we would also like to see the second floor restored. What we are discussing is whether we have it in us to put in the man hours to get it done. Speaking of the gas thing I did mention to the realator when we looked at it I thought I smelled gas, they thought it might have been something kicking on but to be safe you might want to have that checked. I did see in the paper that it was going up for auction and just about cried. I was not born and raised here but my husband and his family were and Stone's has been such a large part of the history in Marshalltown (I have been doing some research on Marshalltown). Have you had it registered with the Historical society? I really loved going there to eat just like I loved going to Breitbach's over by Dubuque. Same type of place with the whole history thing going on. Down home, made from scratch family cooking. We need more of that and less of this fast food garbage.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/01/31 20:37:57 (permalink)
Thanks Nunya. We stop by about every other day just to make sure things are okay. There is usually a faint smell of gas when the furnaces kick on. I do appreciate you mentioning it. Did you go upstairs when you looked at it? In pretty bad disrepair now but could be rejuvenated. The Stone family lived up there for three generations until 1979 when my Uncle Don died. They lived on the south side of the building by the railroad tracks and rented out the rooms on the north side. There is a big round common room in the middle where, I think, the first TV in Marshalltown was. People used to come to the restaurant and bring their kids upstairs to watch TV while the parents ate downstairs. My great grandmother, who was in her 90's, used to spend a lot of time watching TV with the kids.
We never got around to registering it. If you have not heard, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Breitbach's (Iowa's oldest restaurant) burned on Christmas Eve. Thankfully, no one was injured and the Breitbach's will rebuild and re-open. Breitbach's is the only restaurant that served both the Jesse James gang and Brooke Shields!
Thanks for the kind words about Stone's. Don't cry. I have the feeling someone will buy it and carry on.
Best Regards,
Randy
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/02/01 12:45:58 (permalink)
We did go upstairs and I thought it was wonderful. Yes it is pretty bad but you have to look beyond that to what it was and could be again. I just pray that who ever buys it sees the same thing I see. If I thought for one minute I could get the backing needed and the man power to help I would give it a fighting shot. But at the stage we are at right now we can not afford for either one of us to quit our jobs and take it on. I still plan on attending the auction and praying that who ever buys it will respect it's past and the history it has contributed to Marshalltown. The little bits of history you talk about are the things that people should know about. To me that is what makes it even more special. I did hear about Breitbach's and was greatly saddened by the news. Whenever we rode the motorcycle over that way we always made a point to stop. Mike was always there with a smile and a firm handshake to make us feel welcomed! Glad to hear he plans to rebuild!
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/02/02 11:22:47 (permalink)
Randy, I too am very sorry. Hopefully very soon, someone will purchase to carry on your wonderful tradition.
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Is there a review still available? I couldn't find one.


At your bookstore or library, see the 2005 edition of Jane & Michael Stern's Roodfood, page 348.

That edition also includes another fine Iowa institution that has closed: Baker's Cafeteria in Des Moines.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2008/09/26 13:53:20 (permalink)
I was thinking about the amazing Mile High Lemon Chiffon Pie from Stone's today and it got me wondering what happened with the building that Stone's used to be in.

I would love to hear an update from Randy or someone else.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2009/03/10 15:14:08 (permalink)
BB,
Sorry for the very late reply. The building and business are still for sale! Jim Bacino at Coldwell Banker Realty in Marshalltown (641-754-5678) is handling the sale for Pinnacle Bank with now owns the property. Thanks again for your interest.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2009/05/15 13:18:42 (permalink)
Hopefully good news on the horizon! There is a serious buyer planning to open in September 2009. More info. to follow.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2009/05/15 13:23:57 (permalink)
Randy-
That is wonderful news for Roadfood fans and, I'm sure, your family!  Thanks for the update.  Will the new owners also be offering the same style menu and mile high lemon chiffon pie?
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2009/05/15 13:39:36 (permalink)
BB, why am I not surprised that the first thing you asked about was the pie??    :~)
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2009/05/15 13:56:14 (permalink)
That is certainly good news. I will be passing through Iowa over the Summer of 2010 and hope to spend at least 2 full days of gorging myself with Iowa Pork Chops, Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches and Sour Cream Raisin Pie.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2009/05/15 17:26:38 (permalink)
Bob

Because the mile high Lemon Chiffon Pie was OUT OF THIS WORLD!

and because... well we all know Cliff is addicted to pie
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2009/05/16 00:11:44 (permalink)
I am sad to report that wanderingjew will have to find alternative choices for entertainment when passing through Marshalltown, as one of the more popular choices has recently been forced to decist.

Sorry, bro.
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RE: RIP Stone's of Marshalltown 2009/07/12 04:34:50 (permalink)

Hey, Stone's can't close! I grew up visiting all the time from Iowa Falls in the 60's and still have the taste of that mile high lemon chiffon pie on my lips. Living in New Zealand now, but passing through on or around September 7 2009. Gotta have one more piece of pie! Will it reopen in time? Thanks!
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