Two Lindsborg natives have returned to the city and revived an old culinary icon in the community.
Co-owners Eric Lundstrom and Shana Everhart have teamed up to reopen The Swedish Crown Restaurant, which has thrived since its opening earlier this month.
"The kitchen was very busy our first week, which is fantastic," said Everhart, head chef. "We've had great responses from our guests."
"The enthusiasm and excitement we've received has just been wonderful," Lundstrom said.
The restaurant was first opened in 1971. It was operated and reopened by several different owners during the years, and most recently closed in December 2011.
Lundstrom, with a background in business, and Everhart, who has significant experience as a chef, both recently moved back to the community after being gone for more than a decade. They saw an opportunity.
"It's such a major presence in the downtown area," Lundstrom said. "We felt it was sad to have something that was an icon in the community sit closed and dark when we know it could be so successful."
Lundstrom said the process was relatively smooth.
"I never would have thought in my wildest dreams growing up here I'd come back and open up the Swedish Crown Restaurant," he said. "It really feels great to bring something back to life that I know the town really wants and needs. To be able to give back to the community in that way has been really special."
This hunch of success has proven true. Since its opening, numerous groups and events have been scheduled, including an upcoming show by Broadway RFD this week.
The restaurant also has almost 800 followers on Facebook.
It's success and intrigue lies within the cuisine and atmosphere, Lundstrom said. The menu offers traditional Swedish dishes, as well as classic American cuisine, to suit both local and distant guests. Two especially mouthwatering dishes are the grilled rib-eye, which boasts an all-natural beef with Worcestershire butter, and the stuffed chicken breast, filled with two kinds of cheeses.
Bread and desserts are also baked in-house.
"I feel we offer something very unique for this area when it comes to the kind of food that we serve," said Everhart, who takes ordinary dishes and infuses them with Swedish and other ingredients.
"I think the quality of food we offer is well above anything in the surrounding area," Lundstrom said.
"Our dishes are put together in such a way that you know you're going to get a good meal."
In the future, the co-owners are looking into catering events.
Swedish music and decorations add subtle touches of culture to the atmosphere of the dining experience. In the back, a room dubbed the Vasa features a relaxed seating area with soft lighting and a bar.
Page 2 of 2 - "We just want to make sure we are building a solid business for the community of Lindsborg and for its visitors," Lundstrom said. "People come here especially for that (Swedish history). It's something special to a lot of people, and it's what makes our town unique."
The restaurant is closed Monday, open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, visit www.theswedishcrown.com.
Live show this week
The restaurant will host the show, "You Know the Old Slaying" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The Saturday performance is sold out.
It is a mystery and comedy about a traveling theater group. Audience members are given clues and must vote on who they think murdered one of the cast members, thus influencing an unpredictable ending.
Tickets are $30. Call 785-212-0722 for reservations, as seating is limited.
Cast members include actors Warren Johnson, Ann Metcalfe, Monica Eshelman, Natalie Nelson, Dan Metcalfe and Ben Dolezal.
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