Railway Inn Council Bluffs, Iowa

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From the Daily Nonpareil July 2nd, 2006

Long-time regulars Jami Sousa and husband, Dan Driscoll, took over the establishment at 115 S. 12th St. on June 1, replacing Mark Andrews who had run the Railway Inn for about a quarter of a century. After 10 years in the filling station business and facing decreasing profits in that industry, they started looking for a bar or restaurant to purchase last fall.

The couple said they've always worked with the public and wanted to continue in that area. Sousa will continue to own and operate Sunkiss'd Tanning in addition to helping run the Railway.

"Treating the customer the way we want to be treated. That's the big thing," Sousa said

The look of the old railroad station will be changed to take on a railroad theme, but they hope to keep the Railway Inn a hotspot for sand volleyball in the summer and shuffleboard during the fall and winter.

They have added Smokeeters to clean up the air so, as they said, no one will have to leave their clothes outside to freshen them up after spending an evening at the Railway Inn.

"It's a work in progress," Sousa said.

The menu will be expanded to feature luncheon specials with a basket of bread, choice of salads and vegetables and a daily entree.

"Not just bar food," Driscoll said, but he promises the Railway Burger, with more than a half-pound of meat, is here to stay.

Another change will be the addition of disc jockeys and bands for entertainment at the club. Information on those activities and others will be posted on a new Web site that is still under development. Also new is a Monday through Thursday happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.

Sousa and Driscoll also plan to hold regular fundraisers for LAFF, Inc., (it stands for Love and Friends Forever) a nonprofit that was formed to hold benefits for breast cancer following the death last fall of Kristi Nead, a Railway Inn regular who lost her life to the disease last fall

The couple seem motivated by their new endeavor, and even with big plans, their basic goal is a modest one.

"We just want to have a nice place people can come and relax," Driscoll said.

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