Canteen Lunch in the Alley

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Coordinates: 41°01′05″N 92°24′43″W / 41.018091°N 92.411947°W / 41.018091; -92.411947 Canteen Lunch in the Alley is a restaurant located at 112 East 2nd Street in Ottumwa, Iowa. The original five-stool Canteen Lunch was opened in 1927 in a different location, and moved to its current address in 1936.[1] It has since been a local institution known for their loose-meat sandwiches and homemade pies. The restaurant's design is a horseshoe-shaped counter-top[2] surrounded by 16 stools.[3]

The Canteen was the model for the Lanford Lunch Box restaurant opened by Roseanne Connor (played by Roseanne Barr) in the sitcom Roseanne.[4] Barr was married to actor Tom Arnold, a native of Ottumwa, and they frequently visited Ottumwa during their marriage.

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