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Lakes Café to reopen soon sporting a fresh new look

Remodeling is underway at Lakes Café to give the restaurant an updated appearance and atmosphere. Dark stained wood, slate blue paint and stone tile work will be featured throughout the space. There will also be a new pie case, booths, tables and a pergola. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS1 / 2
Lakes Café is expected to re-open on Monday, April 21. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS2 / 2

Lakes Café, which has been a Main Street mainstay in Perham since 1994, has temporarily closed for interior remodeling. The café closed on April 7 and is expected to re-open on Monday, April 21.

Randy Mattfeld, one of the café’s owners, said they had originally aimed to re-open on Saturday, April 19. However, they need a little extra time to put the finishing touches on everything.

Mattfeld and his business partner, Rich Doll, said they didn’t really plan to do a big remodel for the restaurant’s 20th year – it just worked out that way.

Mattfeld said they have been making less visible updates on a regular basis: a new air system and ceiling in 1999, equipment for the kitchen in 2004 and walk-in coolers two years ago.

“We really just wanted a facelift for the front,” said Mattfeld.

“It’s going to be exciting,” Doll added.

The walls have been given a fresh coat of slate-blue paint and new, dark brown wainscoting. A wood pergola hangs over the window seating area, which will now have high-top tables. Two waitress stations will be added and the salad bar will move to the back wall.

The bathrooms will be totally redone with tile, which Mattfeld said he has wanted to do for quite some time.

Next on the update list are the menu and back room.

Doll said new menu items can be expected for this summer, including more omelets and burgers.

The back room will be redone within the next year or so, to match the new front, said Mattfeld.

Despite the new décor and seating, Mattfeld said one thing will certainly stay the same: “We’re still the breakfast and lunch place.”