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Hundreds head to Iowa's oldest restaurant for Easter brunch

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An Easter tradition continued for many at Iowa's oldest restaurant Sunday. Each year, Breitbach's Country Dining's Easter Sunday buffet draws hundreds to the area. Donald Brehm made his way to Breitbach's Sunday with his family. He said the family has been going to the restaurant for their Easter celebration for at least 4 years.

"We come out and we make most Mothers Days, Easters, and we try to make both my wife and my birthday," Brehm said.

Brehm said he has been dining at Breitbach's for more than 5 decades.

"We try to consider this our home," Brehm said Sunday.

Breitbach's Country Dining opened in 1852. Since that time, the restaurant has had its fair share of disasters. On 2 occasions, less than a year apart, fire destroyed the entire building.  Both times owner, Mike Breitbach, decided to rebuild.

"Mike has been a staple in this town, even with his troubles over the years with 2 restaurants burning down, everybody has come back. So it's worked out really good for him," Breitbach's Country Dining customer Jim Baal said.

Owners said the Easter brunch at the restaurant draws more than 800 people to Balltown every year. They said it's one of their busiest holidays.

"Easter is a busy time. It's like our 'get up and get ready for Mothers Day.' It's a very good holiday. This year [the holidays] are 2 weeks apart so that's a little tight, but not too tight. So it's nice," Cindy Breitbach said Sunday.

In 2012, Breitbach's Country Dining was also featured in a documentary that focuses on 3 restaurants in the United States called Spinning Plates.

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