Our Story

Do not let the small town atmosphere fool you. P.H.A.T. Daddy’s is a dining experience not often found in small town Iowa, or anywhere for that matter. We serve up some of the best culinary delights in the area. All of our dishes are made in house, including our bakery items, using fresh ingredients. Small details are a big deal to us. We strive to make your visit a truly one of a kind experience.

A little about PHAT Daddy…a.k.a. Mike Curry

I was born and raised in Marengo. I first became interested in the food industry while working in local restaurants as a teenager. After high school, I attended Kirkwood Community College and received degrees in Culinary Arts and Food Management. Much to my mother’s dismay, I moved to Florida after graduation in the summer of 1987.

While in Florida, I worked in various hotels, country clubs and restaurants. I gained substantial knowledge and experience from a variety of very talented chefs. I opened a doughnut/pastry shop with a friend called the Morning Spot, and later a comedy club/restaurant called Wacky Weavers.

Eventually, I missed my family and hometown enough to move back to Iowa in the summer of 1998. When I first came home, I worked construction with my dad, but never gave up the dream of owning my own restaurant. I started a small take-out restaurant called Chef 2 Go. Many of my customers encouraged me to open a sit-down restaurant. I bought this building, which was formerly an auto parts store, and renovated it into what it is today.

My wife, Lorrainne, is my partner in life and in business. I couldn’t have made my dream possible without her. My long time friends, Buddy and Renate Schulte, created the ambience with their unique interior decorating. My mom, Carol Curry, is P.H.A.T.’s baker. She keeps our family recipes alive that have been passed down through many generations. My dad, Ken Curry (a.k.a. “Mac Daddy”), does it all! He repairs what needs to be fixed and can make a tasty salad.

We opened our doors in the spring of 2000. There have been many trials, tribulations and tons of hard work, but the rewards of meeting so many people from all over the country and making new friends far exceed the negatives. I appreciate all the support I’ve gotten from family, friends and of course all the customers. I live in Marengo with my wife, Lorrainne, our psycho cat and crazy dog. When Lorrainne and I married on October 20, 2007 I became the step-father to Jeremy, his wife Janneane, Allan and Angie. I also became grandfather to Thomas, Katie, Sarah and William.

“Where Taste Makes the Difference!”