John Nestle's New Restaurant, 1882
Posted By: David Reineke (email)
Date: 11/22/2008 at 13:43:13
I translated the following article from Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll, Iowa, between about 1874 and 1920. It was originally published on Friday, 28 April 1882. Any information in brackets or notes at the end are my own explanations. It reads as follows:
An Elegant Restaurant.
John Nestle’s New Place Is Now Open to the Public.
The most worthwhile and important addition to the businesses of Carroll is the newly opened bakery and attached restaurant of Mr. John Nestle. The new building is completely constructed and last Monday the doors were opened to the public. One may now comfortably say that Carroll has as fine a bakery and restaurant as can be found in the state of Iowa. The building is made of bricks, two stories high, 23 feet wide and 80 feet deep. The upper story will be used as a residence by Mr. Nestle, while the lower story will be devoted entirely to the business. The front is fashioned of plate glass windows that were beautifully painted by Mr. Mosmann. The front of the building will be used as a store and has a size of 22 by 30 feet. Here, the confectionery items, groceries, cigars, tobacco, and canned goods will be sold, as well as the products of the bakery. All types of bread, including light French, bran, and rye, will be sold. There is a large selection of fresh and beautiful cakes to be had, and all of the best quality, including fruitcake, sponge cake, jelly cakes, and ladyfingers. All sorts of pastries are also always readily available. Mr. Nestle will also have all sorts of ripe fruits and fresh vegetables. Our readers will find that the place is perfect to fill their grocery lists at modest prices. The painting in this room is very fine; it is a depiction of ash berries, acorns, and walnuts. Much time and money was spent in order to turn this into an elegant and attractive place and it is certainly everything one could expect. Connecting to this room is the dining room, which is 36 by 22 feet in size. Here, everything is spotless and tasteful. The room is so large that 50 persons can be served at once without being crowded. Pictures are hanging on the walls and nothing is lacking to make it pleasant and comfortable. Behind the dining room is the kitchen. Everything is convenient and ready at hand. There is no doubt that this will be a delightful and busy place. Mr. Nestle deserves the business of our citizens and will receive it. Farmers and others who come to town will find well-cooked and tasteful meals here at all times from seven o’clock in the morning until nine o’clock in the evening. Those wanting pastries, cakes or other items of this sort will find that this is the place to get what they are looking for.
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