Coffee Pot Café owner's long-time wish granted

Restaurant owner and her daughter reflect on a year of transition during the pandemic.

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Lacy Svor (left) and her mother, Pam Meyer, stand outside the Coffee Pot Café. Since Meyer became the restaurant owner more than 15 years ago, she dreamed of having this building space at 1518 Broadway St. Last summer, her dreams became a reality, and the staff has continued to keep up with steady business. "We had no problem keeping busy," Svor said. (Jasmine Johnson / Echo Press)

This restaurant is one of the only places that omelets can be ordered from a drive-through window.

It’s closed on Mother’s Day by the owner’s choice.

And during the pandemic, the business switched locations to a larger building next door.

When the COVID-19 lockdown caused the business to shut its doors on St. Patrick’s Day last year, Lacy Svor thought back to something her mother had repeated for years.

One day, they were going to have Pizza Hut.


Pam Meyer took over as the owner of the Coffee Pot Café more than 15 years ago when it was located at 1504 Broadway St.

Meyer had read a book called “The Secret,” and one thing she learned from it was to repeat her dream to see it come to fruition. When people asked for the address of the Coffee Pot Café, she would answer 1518 Broadway St., even before Pizza Hut had closed.

Once the space did go up for sale, Meyer found out that the building owner used to be a regular at the Coffee Pot, and he wanted to make sure the vacant spot could help a local business out. The sale was solidified during the summer months, so Svor and Meyer worked on painting, deep cleaning and redecorating the space.

“She’s on her hands and knees some days,” Svor said about her mother Meyer. “This (café) is her baby.”

Meyer rotates through decorations by the seasons, and every knick knack placed around the restaurant are things she’s collected over time: A sifter from her family’s kitchen, a handmade sign from her granddaughter and lanterns from the old railroad.

“Everything in here, there’s a memory behind it,” Meyer said.

Although they’re using their Facebook page to feature new specials to draw in a younger crowd, the classic dishes bring back reliable regulars, too.

“We cater to the old school; that’s what we’re known for,” Meyer said. “I just want everyone to walk out of here with a good feeling.”

Jasmine Johnson joined the Echo Press staff in May 2020 as a general assignment reporter. She grew up in Becker, Minn., and later studied journalism and graphic design at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn.
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