Ready to keep cooking at age 72

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Reign Anduss enjoys a moment of solitude in this kitchen at his Mom and Dad?s Cafe in Marion.<p>

A Marion man is starting a restaurant at an age when others have already retired.

Reign Anduss, 72, is preparing for the grand opening of Mom and Dad?s Cafe, which is scheduled to open the week of Feb. 8 in Marion.

Anduss and wife Marlene will run the cafe with help from their granddaughter, he said.

Mom and Dad?s Cafe will feature good food and fast service, Anduss said.

?We?re going to be quick,? he said, adding that the restaurant will only seat 19 people at a time.

Customers will be able to choose from a variety of meats, including hot beef, pork, meatloaf and burgers, Anduss said. Homemade sandwiches and soup will also be available, and breakfast will be served all day, he said.

Marlene?s homemade pie will be on the dessert menu, he said.

Before Anduss became involved in the restaurant business, he said, he ran a body shop and worked for the Santa Fe Railroad in Newton.

A family member inspired Anduss to open his own restaurant, he said.

?My uncle had a restaurant in Newton when we were kids,? Anduss said. ?He?d come out to the house when we were just little rascals and get us to wash dishes.?

?We kind of grew up in the restaurant,? he said.

Mom and Dad?s will be Anduss?s fourth restaurant to start, he said. Previous restaurants were located in Walton, Peabody and Ramona.

Plans for his latest restaurant began after Anduss moved to Marion in 2007, he said.

Mom and Dad?s Cafe will be open Friday through Monday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Anduss said.

The cafe is located at 113 S. Freeborn St. in Marion.

For Anduss, the restaurant is a hobby.

?I want something to do, so I?ve got it,? he said.

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