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Following 1910 Grille closure, former head chef offers his perspective | Mason City & North Iowa

A post on Tuesday on the Facebook page for 1910 Grille at the Historic Park Inn in Mason City indicated the restaurant was shuttering after nine years due to staffing issues. The post goes on to read that the 1910 Lounge will remain in operation.

Lisa Grouette

Following the publication of a recent story from the Globe Gazette about the closure of 1910 Grille in Mason City, the restaurant’s former head chef has reached out to offer additional comment. 

While the 1910 Grille announced Tuesday it would close its doors after nine years due to “continued staffing issues,” former staff members said they quit,  feeling overworked and underpaid. According to two staff members who were interviewed separately and wished to remain anonymous because they fear retaliation, the majority of the staff of the 1910 Grille quit last weekend. 

“We were doing (the) numbers that we were pre-COVID with a lot less people working,” one former employee said. “I’m very, very sad; it was a wonderful place to be,” said one staff member. “It’s a shame it was managed the way it was … We’re just really disappointed they (management) wouldn’t listen to us.”

Former workers, owner respond after news of 1910 Grille closure in Mason City

Steve Noto, who owns Stoney Creek Hospitality Corp., which manages the 1910 Grille and Historic Park Inn Hotel, shared his perspective as well. 

“The last year was not fun for any restaurant,” Noto said. “Lately, business has been picking up and I can’t get any staff hired to help out the staff I had.