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Woman opens new diner in Evansdale despite poor economy


A recent study says Iowa's economy continues to move in the right direction. Good news for Jyll Newell, who decided to open her first diner in Evansdale.

It's a project that has been months in the making.  Fat Cats Diner was the dream of Jyll Newell. The only obstacle in her way was a lack of restaurant experience.

"I've been a message therapist for many years. I don't have an restaurant experience, but I wanted to have my own business and I saw Evansdale and this area as a great opportunity," said Newell.

With Iowa's economy moving forward at a snail's pace, it's not exactly a time many people are will to take a risk, but Newell says it was either now or never.

"It is a risk, but you have to try. If you don't then you'll never know and so I know if I didn't do this I would always be thinking what would have happened if I would have so I just decided you had to go for it and you only live once so I did."

The diner opened Thursday morning for the first time and for those who decided to try it out it was a welcomed change to the neighborhood.

"Just don't have a restaurant in Evansdale that's nice and you can bring your family to and no whiskey or beer," said Dewayne Pates of Raymond.

Fat Cats has gotten a good response and Newell says she hopes to expand the businesses hours in the future, but that might be as far she goes for now.

"I don't know if I'll go and buy another restaurant. I don't think I'll do that at this point but we just hope were successful and people are happy with our food and our prices," said Newell.

Right now, Newell only has around 12 employees, but if she's able to expand her hours she's also hopes to increase her staff.

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