Nothing tastes more like Iowa than a classic Maid-Rite sandwich. It's a Midwest staple that began its story right in America's heartland. For almost 100 years, Maid-Rite has been a right of passage for Iowans.

The history of Maid-Rite is rich and its traditions continue to this day. But how did Maid-Rite begin and how did it grow to become a sandwich attached to Iowa and the Midwest? We'll take you back to the start because, on this date in the mid-1920s, Maid-Rite was only known to the folks of Muscatine.

Maid-Rite Opens Its Doors In Eastern Iowa

Let's take you back to 1926. Fred Angell was a butcher in Muscatine and he wanted to create a new meat sandwich, so he worked to come up with just the right combination of cut and grind of loose meat, with a selected blend of spices. A deliveryman tasted the new creation and said, "This sandwich is made right," according to the Iowa Almanac.

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Fred was quite a sandwich maker but not much of a speller hence why the name is spelled the way it is.

Fred Angell's first Maid-Rite sandwich shop opened on May 1st, 1926 at 110 Cedar Street in Muscatine. It was a traditional walk-up restaurant but quickly became so popular that Fred and his son Francis opened a second, this one including a new idea so people could get their food without leaving their cars, a drive-up window.

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The second town in Iowa to offer the Maid-Rite was Durant, just a few miles northeast of Muscatine. By the end of the 1920s, there were four Maid-Rite restaurants in Iowa including in Marshalltown.

Taylor's Maid-Rite
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Fred began to franchise his idea, selling the rights to Newton in 1927 and Marshalltown in 1928. Cliff Taylor purchased the 1928 franchise for the sum of $300. Cliff and his family operated Taylor's Maid-Rite Hamburger Shop.

By the time of the company's 70th anniversary in the mid-1990s, there were 138 stores in the chain nationwide.

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You can find Maid-Rite locations across Iowa and even in states like Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio.

The next time you pass through Muscatine, stop for a classic Maid-Rite sandwich in the town where it all began. Thanks to Iowa Almanac for providing details about Maid-Rite and its humble beginnings in Iowa.

Here the Iowa Almanac for May 1st about Maid-Rites below.

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