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SYSK: Maid Rite owner makes work fun for employees


With 23 red stools, the Maid-Rite in downtown Cedar Falls is just the right size for customers to get fast, friendly service.

One of those servers is also the owner, Penne Koeppel.

She calls the restaurant "a small diner. Friendly, family atmosphere."  

Penne Koeppel has owned this Maid-Rite for more than 30 years. She bought it from her mother.

"I enjoy the customers, and I enjoy cooking," said Penney Koeppel.

Employees says Penne is hard working, she always has a smile on her face and she makes it easy to come to work everyday.

"It can be really fun. She's got a good sense of humor. She'll joke around with you," Maid-Rite Manager Sharon Magee said.

The restaurant specializes in homemade pies, many of which Penne makes each morning. And of course, you can't forget the namesake, steamed Maid-Rites.

About six years ago, Penne was diagnosed with breast cancer. It kept her away from the restaurant, but her staff gladly took over until she could come back to work.

"Found it early, and I was lucky," Koeppel said.

Besides friendly service, Penne Koeppel also provides pies to area benefits. She said she's just doing her part to help out the community.

"She'd do anything to help anybody," Sharon Magee said.

The Maid Rite in downtown Cedar Falls may not be large in size, but it's large in service and community support thanks to owner Penne Koeppel.

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