- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - The longtime owner of an iconic Ottumwa restaurant has sold the eatery after nearly 40 years of it being in the family name.

Shirley McBeth, the woman in charge of the Canteen in Ottumwa, says she has transitioned ownership of the restaurant to Scott Pierce, an Ottumwa businessman. The Canteen has belonged to McBeth and her husband since 1976.

The Ottumwa Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1NdDn3Q ) that the Canteen has been relocated once since its opening more than 80 years ago. Otherwise, the diner has stayed put, even as the city built a parking ramp around it.

McBeth said Tuesday that the sale comes at the right time for her family. She says she believes the restaurant will remain in good hands.

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Information from: The Ottumwa Courier, https://www.ottumwacourier.com

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