Local restaurant owner Fifi Paden has opened a banquet and private party business at 1350 N. Third.
Paden opened the business, called Fifi's Party Connection, in the building formerly occupied by the Country Inn restaurant. She said it will serve such events as banquets, wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners, seminars, civic club meetings, and fraternity and sorority parties.
"Only having two country clubs in town and the alumni center, it might be a needed thing since some people don't belong to the country clubs or the alumni center," she said.
Paden also owns Fifi's-Nabil's Restaurant, 925 Iowa, and American Bistro, which is in the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass.