What do you get when you combine a background in hotel and restaurant management with a love for small town life? You get a family owned and operated diner that sits among the rolling hills of McGregor, IA.
The diner that now seats up to 80 people, was once a camping trailer that served meals to grain truck drivers as they passed through the staging area. Original owners, Maggie and Jim Schultz began the establishment that is now Maggie's Diner. In 2003, Maggie sold the diner to Mike and Heidi Dickman who just happen to be family through marriage since Heidi's sister is married to Maggie and Jim's son. "We wanted to bring our family back to Northeast Iowa and raise our kids here," states Heidi. "When the opportunity to purchase the diner came up, we couldn't refuse," Mike shared.
When you visit Maggie's diner, you are likely to see Mike at the helm. With his background in hotel and restaurant management, Mike is passionate about serving community members that he once grew up with. "Bringing our kids back to our home town was one of the best things we did," shared Heidi. Mike and Heidi have two kids; a son, Logan who is a Systems Engineer at Boxlogix Automation in Prairie du Chien, WI and daughter, Hanna is a biology student at UW Platteville in Platteville, WI. Both kids have rolled up their sleeves and pitched in during busy days at the diner which makes for the perfect family combination.
If you plan to make the trip to Maggie's Diner, you might try their Friday night fish, Sunday brunch, or even a slice of homemade pie. The salad bar is a must have and think about treating yourself to a root beer float. With a full menu of homestyle cooking and comfort food, you can't go wrong. They also serve a full bar!
Not only does Maggie's have in person dinning and carryout, they also cater events in addition to serving large groups including hungry high school football players during Thursday night team dinners.
As if this husband and wife duo doesn't already have their plate full with serving food, they
have recently established a storage unit business. "We saw a need for more storage space in our community," shared Heidi. "Travelers passing by would stop in and say they were looking for a place to store their boats or other recreational equipment that they use while enjoying the natural resources in the area. This sparked our interest in opening the units and so far it has been worth it," continued Heidi.
The storage units that sit along side of the diner allow for 46 rental units. The units measure 10x15 and can be rented monthly or yearly. If you are in need of storage space, you can contact Mike for more details.
Next time you are traveling on Hwy 18, swing by Maggie's Diner and get yourself some down home cooking with a dash of a family atmosphere. You won't regret it!