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March 31, 2010

Rochester's Maid-Rite on the way

03312010maid-ritejk Here's a quick update on the Maid-Rite Diner that Don and Noreen Sanford and their daughter, Reann Blumers, are cooking up for Rochester.

Early May is when Don Sanford says they hope to be able to open the doors of the classic loose meat sandwich diner, which is an Iowa icon.

"There's a lot of stuff to get done, but I think we can do it," he says.

A banner is up in the window of the diner's future location in the new Crossroads Plaza across from the Olmsted County Fairgrounds. It will bookend the center opposite the new Walgreens drug store.

The Sanfords say they've gotten very enthusiastic responses as they've handed out coupons and information about the coming of Maid-Rite.

"I think we're on to something good," he says.

So will they be able to handle crowds hungry for burgers, shakes, sweet potato fries and nostalgia when they open the doors?

"Bring it on," Sanford says.


How can a brand-new shop in a brand-new building be "under new ownership"?

Hey Alan would "under old ownership" be better?

Did there used to be a maid-rite in Rochester? Maybe that is what they meant? It struck me a little odd too though.

Hope they do well. I'll definately give it a go.

"But It's a Chain"


Anybody want to place bets on the over/under on how soon somebody pops up on here complaining about something there?

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