Lincoln Cafe Gets New Owner

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter

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MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - The Lincoln Cafe, in Mount Vernon, will take a new form in coming months.

The restaurant has earned a special place in the stomachs of many Eastern Iowans. But its days are numbered. The owner plans to close down the popular spot, Saturday night.

The final hours look to be booked solid with people cramming into every corner of the eatery.

“We probably do 120 at lunch. One-hundred and twenty at dinner,” said head chef and owner Matt Steigerwald.

Earlier this month, Steigerwald announced he was closing December 21st, after 13 years of business. He said he’s about to turn 50 and ready for new challenges.

Steigerwald said, as he had hoped, someone new plans to take over the place once he's gone.

“Rachel Sauter, who grew up in Mount Vernon and worked for me when we first opened the place, she’s going to reopen it up as her own restaurant,” said Steigerwald.

Sauter, the new owner, finalized the purchase Friday morning. She said when she reopens early next year, customers should expect something different-- a new name and a new menu.

“There will be cheeseburgers, of course,” said Sauter. “Since I was 16 I have been working in the food industry. At a certain point I was like, ‘It’s either grad school or you open up your own business again’. I owned the Wine Bar for a while, then sold it to Matt.”

Sauter said the new restaurant will serve lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday. Plus, she said it’ll honor the free fries policy for customers with the Lincoln Cafe's "food is important" tattoo.

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