Jeanne Iehl, of Rembrandt says after working at a main street establishment for about ten years it was her dream to have her own business. Two years ago she quit her job at Sara Lee and purchased the same business, which was then known as the Nut Hut in Rembrandt, even after her husband Kevin had just passed away.
"It was his plans with me to go for broke," she says with a chuckle. Iehl worked as a waitress, bartender and cook at the establishment for about ten years. She had also worked there when it was the Main Street Diner. Iehl celebrated the second anniversary of the Getaway this past Labor Day.
In 2007, she renamed the business Jeanne's Getaway "(Customers ask since this is Jeanne's Getaway) where are we supposed to getaway to?" she says. "You can getaway with me." Iehl says she hopes people are able to relax and get away from stresses and worries of work and life with friends or family and enjoy a meal or drink.
Iehl says two years later business has been booming with the help of her children Jill and Justin Heningsen of Ruthven, Brian and Shayla Iehl of Rembrandt, Casey Iehl also of Rembrandt and cook Deb Lanus of Peterson. "This proves a woman in business can make it. I've had very good support from the people, they say I need to franchise out," she chuckles.
Iehl says in the future she'd like to own her own building, currently she rents the building. She says she hopes to be able to have some larger rooms to accommodate larger private parties. The establishment also has a beer garden Iehl says she'd like to fix up and use more often when the weather gets warm again.
Kitchen hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday thru Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and the bar is open at 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. On Sept. 23, Iehl says she will be opening the kitchen between 11 and 2 p.m. for harvest noon lunches. Customers can call in and order out or eat in.