BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – The inviting smell of a warm waffle grilling and hot coffee brewing welcomed the Fort Madison Ambassador Club at the Fort Madison Super 8 Friday morning.
Victor Kumar, owner and operator of the franchised hotel, said a lot of changes have been made and now he’s looking forward to serving the people of Fort Madison from his spot on the west end of town on Hwy 61.
Kumar, a California native, has been in Fort Madison since September and has spent the past four months completing the ownership transition and renovating the interior of the facility.
He said all the rooms have been upgraded and the lobby/breakfast area has also been remodeled.
He said the path to Fort Madison was a quick one for him, but a path he’s happy he took.
“I’m from California where I was working hourly as a cashier and then I decided I wanted to try and get a business,” Kumar said.
Since moving to the area last fall, he said he’s been so busy he hasn’t really had a chance to experience the people of Fort Madison.
“I do good things and I try to be nice with all the people. Everyone is different,” he said with his heavy middle east accent. “I want to keep this for a long time and not sell it. But if the business goes well, we won’t have any problems.”
Kumar has a staff of part-time housekeepers and laundry and is currently looking to hire a maintenance person for the facility.
“The front lobby has all new tiles and the breakfast area has all been remodeled. The outside foundation was also all redone last fall,” he said.
He said the hotel will still feature a morning breakfast with hot and cold offerings from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. including eggs, sausage, biscuits, and waffles among other things.
Kumar said he’s heard a lot about the Tri-State Rodeo and is looking forward to it again this year, but innocently said he just doesn’t know much about rodeos, other than he’s booked full for this year’s event.
“When I came out on Sept. 6, they were getting ready for Rodeo. I couldn’t get out there but I want to go. I hear there’s a lot of horse riding or something? I’m going to try and go this year and see what that’s like.”