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Continued: Minneapolis couple won Sherburn cafe in essay contest

  • Article by: LYDIA COUTRE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 15, 2013 - 7:22 AM

Scheppmann did little advertising, Elizabeth said, so right now their customer base comes from word-of-mouth. They hope to get more people in, and believe the town can support their business.

The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They would like to expand their hours, but the first step is to update the kitchen.

Seth cooks with a four-burner stovetop and an oven that sometimes works. Although it ties his hands a bit, he said he makes do.

But these are minor hitches in a chance of a lifetime. Seth said finally calling a restaurant theirs is a great feeling.

Added Elizabeth: “It feels like home.”


Lydia Coutré • 612-673-4654


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    Twin Cities couple Seth and Elizabeth Lintelman won ownership of a Sherburn, Minn. cafe through a national essay writing...

  • Seth and Elizabeth Lintelman wanted to own a restaurant and raise their daughter in a close-knit community. “We saw this article about how you can enter an essay contest to win a restaurant, and we’re like, ‘Oh all right. What do we have to lose?’ ” Elizabeth said. They took over the cafe on Sherburn’s Main Street June 1.

  • Chef Seth Lintelman, right, chatted with Cup N’ Saucer customers Peggy and Dave Custard of St. Paul (facing camera) and Gayla and Jim Miller of Fairmont during the lunch rush Friday.

  • Mickey and Swede Theobold, above, have been regulars at the Cup N’ Saucer in Sherburn, Minn., for years and are glad to see it back. Seth and Elizabeth Lintelman won ownership of the cafe through a national essay-writing contest.

  • A trophy case at the Cup N’ Saucer holds a point of pride for the Sherburn community, the first-place state trophy won by the boys high school basketball team in 1970.

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