By AARON W. JACO, Record-Herald Staff Writer
The One Stop Sandwich Shop will make its fourth, and hopefully final, stop at a new location in Indianola within two months, the restaurant’s owner announced last week.
Owner Barb Martsching said One Stop will re-open at 903 E. Second Ave., about a mile east of the town square, in four to six weeks.
Martsching salvaged little more than pots, pans and small appliances from her former location at 112 W. Ashland Ave., which collapsed on the Indianola Square July 13. But she’s ready to start over again, and she trusts her customers will support her as they have over the past 27 years.
“They followed me from (Iowa Highway) 92 to Iowa (Avenue) to One Stop on the Square,” Martsching said. “They should follow me here, I hope.”
And with any luck, disaster will stay far, far away.
The July 13 collapse of One Stop on the Square at 112 W. Ashland Ave. was one of three accidents at the restaurant in its 27 year history. A garbage truck smashed into the One Stop building at U.S. Highway 65/69 and Iowa Avenue in the 1990s, collapsing the kitchen. A few years later a pickup truck crashed into the building.
Nobody was hurt in those accidents – a fact that Martsching takes to heart.
“I must be protected,” Martsching said. “I’m still alive.”
In nearly three decades, One Stop Sandwich Shop has grown from offering a one-page menu of tacos, burritos and enchiladas to a full menu.
By the time Martsching moved the restaurant to the intersection of U.S. Highway 65/69 and Iowa Avenue, she had added tenderloins and other sandwiches to the fare.
When she opened the restaurant on The Square in 2005, she added ice cream and fried chicken.
The new One Stop Sandwich Shop will have more space for ice cream, so Martsching hopes to add sundaes, smoothies, shakes and malts. She may also add coffee drinks.
The new location will offer a banquet room and conference room for birthday parties and business meetings. There will be more parking than on the Indianola Square, where spaces were sometimes hard to come by.
Martsching plans to hire an assistant manager and six or eight part-time employees, in addition to five current employees.
Workers are making repairs to the building, which suffered a flooded basement this spring. Everything will have a fresh coat of paint, and the exterior of the building will be resurfaced.
The building housed another of Martsching’s restaurants, BJ and Company, from 1980 to 1982. Owner Jim Hildreth and his family opened Beaves Pizza there in 1993.
James and Jenna Hildreth, ages 12 and 15, said they remember the flashing lights and stereo system of the basement party room at Beaves Pizza.
James Hildreth remembers eyeing the “big old jars of tomato sauce” in the kitchen, and retrieving extra flour for his father.
Beaves Pizza closed in 2005 when Jim Hildreth retired after 12 years of running the pizza parlor.
In the words of Barb Martsching: “Only crazy people stay in this business 27 years.”
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