I’ve driven along Interstate 29 in Western Iowa numerous times, but just noticed Penny’s Diner in Missouri Valley. It’s not far from the Interstate, so I’m not sure how I missed it, but nonetheless, I’ve found it now.
After researching it, Penny’s is a chain, not a local dive. I don’t believe I’ve ever featured a chain restaurant before, but I do really like 50’s style diners. Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post or visit, opinions are my own and the cost of the trip and meal was my own also.
If you do stop by, you should also drive a few more blocks to visit their local dog park. Are you serious? A dog park? Yes, Little Willow Dog Park features a set of chainsaw sculptures of dogs that is outstanding! Definitely worth it, as it’s only a few short blocks from the diner.
Should I get a commission for bringing in customers?
For some folks, they will not stop at a restaurant with an empty parking lot. They say it’s a sign that no one likes it and it’s best to avoid empty parking lots. When we drove up to Penny’s the parking lot is shared with a hotel – but it was clear that no one was in the diner as most of the workers were outside enjoying the sunshine.
So would I avoid a place with an empty parking lot – no, not me. I’ve been known to stop at places with no one else around and when I’m done, there’s a crowd. And today was no exception. We picked our booth and others started streaming in. My wife says that we should get a commission for this. Does that every happen to you?