SHERBURN - A former Fairmont resident and his wife have been selected as the winners of the Cup N' Saucer Cafe giveaway.
Seth Lintelman and his wife, Elizabeth, currently live in the Twin Cities. They will relocate back to the area to re-open the Sherburn cafe this summer.
Seth has been the executive sous chef at the Lafayette Club - a private country club on Lake Minnetonka - for the past 13 years, while Elizabeth holds a master's degree in business administration, with multiple years of management experience in the restaurant industry. She is currently manager of career services at Rasmussen College.
"We always talked about returning to Fairmont," Elizabeth said after the winners were announced Tuesday afternoon. "We had looked at the Sirloin House, the old creamery, but financially we couldn't make it work. Then Seth's mother sent us a note with the article about the Cup N' Saucer, and we just knew. We knew that was meant for us."
The Cup N' Saucer Cafe was re-opened last fall by Gene and Carmen Scheppmann, but they did not intend to take ownership. Wanting to see the caf fixed up and running, they worked with the Martin County Economic Development Authority, along with a group of marketing students and advisers from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. They decided to give away the cafe in an essay competition. Applications were evaluated by the judging board consisting of the Scheppmanns, EDA and marketing students.
Four finalists were selected. After several interviews, assessments, screenings and essays, the Lintelmans were chosen as the new owners.
Along with including some Cup N' Saucer favorites, the Lintelmans future plans for the cafe include partnering with local farmers to provide fresh, seasonal, locally sourced product, along with the potential to coordinate with the city in an effort to "pay it forward" and encourage new growth and spirit for the town.
For now, the couple is concentrating on relocating to Martin County, and they hope to have the cafe running by later this summer.
"I've really fallen in love with small-town Minnesota," Elizabeth said. "The community is our biggest inspiration, and we really look forward to developing those local relationships, and that was something we stressed in the essay ... The support we've received from the community members is greatly appreciated."