Located in scenic Balltown, Iowa, on the Great River Road, Breitbach's is Iowa's oldest food and drinking establishment. It was opened in 1852 by federal permit issued from President Millard Fillmore. Jacob Breitbach, Great-Great Grandfather of the present owner worked for the original owner and purchased the tavern in 1862. Since that time, the Breitbach family has been in continuous ownership of the historical establishment which is now in its sixth generation. The original structure, which was destroyed by fire in December 2007 had been nominated to the Register of Historic Buildings.
Breitbach’s Country Dining which has been rebuilt for the second time abounds in turn of the century furniture, magnificent handmade quilts, and country crafts. Mike and Cindy Breitbach work hard to maintain that Home Town Hospitality started by their ancestors more than 150 years ago.