An Iowa City tradition will remain open thanks to new ownership led by a former Iowa Hawkeye football star.

CBS2 reports that the Hamburg Inn No. 2 is officially under new ownership. The restaurant, open for nearly nine decades, is known for its all-day breakfast, pie shakes, and hosting a politician or two during election cycles in Iowa. Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama have all dined at the Hamburg Inn. The Corridor Business Journal reports that the restaurant closed temporarily in 2022 and briefly reopened in February of 2023. It closed again in July.

But now the restaurant will be under the control of Gold Cap Hospitality, a group led by former Hawkeye and NFL kicker Nate Kaeding. The restaurant's operations will remain the same, just under new ownership, according to CBS2. In a statement on the Hamburg Inn website, Kaeding noted,

After almost 90 years, The Burg needs some fixing up. We’re taking stock of the things that are broken along with the things that aren’t. The Burg doesn’t need new ideas. At least, we don’t think it does. It just needs to remember who it was.

The CBJ reports that a remodel of the building and a revamp of the menu is planned before the restaurant is reopened. Kaeding stated that the group hopes to maintain the nostalgia of the Hamburg Inn's legacy. The Gold Cap Hospitality Group also owns Pullman Bar and Diner and St. Burch Tavern. The CBJ reports that the new and improved Hamburg Inn hopes to be open this October.

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