Bonaparte is an historic little town alongside the Des Moines river in the southeast corner of Iowa. My ancestors, the Clemie's, lived in the area from about 1850 to 1865. I was able to visit there on my way to Illinois earlier this month. Many of the buildings in town are marked with "National Register of Historic Places" plaques, although sadly many of them sit empty.
Bonaparte's Retreat was a very nice quiet restaurant with antiques everywhere. It had a great atmosphere, great food and great service. They don't play the song while you dine, but somehow I still got it stuck in my head. The building was once a Grist Mill, the water wheel is still there. We had lunch there on a Thursday and business was good.
Unfortunately, this big old building no longer houses an antique store. I hope this quaint little town can pull through its economic slump.