Ye Olde Tavern (Iowa)
|Ye Olde Tavern|
|Food type||North American cuisine|
|Street address||1322 Jackson Street|
Ye Olde Tavern was a restaurant that specialized in tavern sandwiches located at the corner of 14th and Jackson streets in Sioux City, Iowa. The establishment was founded by David Heglin, who is credited as one of the creators of the tavern sandwich.
David Heglin opened the restaurant in 1924. He sold loose ground beef sandwiches that he called tavern burgers. The building was completed in 1928. After Heglin died, his wife sold the restaurant and the recipe for the tavern sandwich to Abe Kaled in 1934. Kaled named the restaurant Ye Olde Tavern. He created his own formula for the tavern that he and his wife, Bertha Kaled, sold for a dime each, served in wax paper without a plate. Ye Olde Tavern was especially popular with students at nearby Central High School. The restaurant saw great success under the Kaled’s, and in 1952 they added a full menu. Taverns began to be sold in restaurants and bars across the Sioux City area and are now regarded as local specialty. The restaurant closed in 1974 because of Bertha’s failing health.
The Ye Olde Tavern building has been home to multiple restaurants since 1974. In 2012, The Garden Cafe moved into the space and began selling a “Ye Olde Tavern” sandwich based on the original tavern recipe. In the September 2012 issue of Food Network Magazine, the publication named The Garden Cafe’s tavern the best sandwich in Iowa.
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