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One Final Breakfast at The Spring House

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Some Corridor residents will have to find a new breakfast hangout starting Monday. The Spring House is closing its doors after 44 years.

We bought the place first of March 1990, said Owner Loren Schmitz.

Tomorrow, it closes.

"Just a nice place to work. I hate to see it go, said Former Employee Betty West. She worked at The Spring House between 1986 and 1993.

Loren says the building needs to be brought up to code and hes not sure hes up to running a restaurant day in and day out anymore. His plan is to close down for a while to update the building and eventually rent it to someone else, letting them run it. But the staff says it probably wont be the same.

"A lot of it has to do not necessarily with the building or waiting tables but with the people that work here, says Waitress Kitaen Kitty Jackson

Not to mention the people that come in.

"You'd be surprised how many people our waitresses know what they want when they walk through the door, what table they want to sit at, said Schmitz.

"It's kind of like being on an episode of Cheers. Everybody knows your name, they know what you drink, said Jackson.

As the Spring House gets ready to close down, thoughts turn to special memories and visitors. President George W. Bush visited during a trip to Iowa in 2005.

"He took a couple pies and they ate them on the way home on Air Force One that night, said Schmitz.

The staff says theyre all family. Some are related by blood, some arent.

"Even though my mom wasn't around all the time Loren and Lois kind of kept me in line. If I got out of hand they still kind of put me in my place, said Jackson.

So before closing the doors for the second to last time, they shared a family meal: a Cheesecake.

All to help get ready for the final breakfast crowd at The Spring House.

So before closing the doors for the second to last time, they shared a family meal: a Cheesecake.

"Yeah tomorrow's going to be a rough day. I'm sure a lot of us are going to cry, said Jackson.
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