A cafe in Noel, Mo., recently switched ownership, but the new owner is no stranger to the cafe, having been a silent partner for three years now.

Kathy Smith has taken over sole ownership of what was formerly named The Lodge Cafe.

“I have been a part owner for three years here at the cafe working in the kitchen and wherever I was needed,” said Smith, who changed name restaurant’s name to Cafe 59.

Smith started devoting all her time to the cafe a year-and-a-half ago and bought it in August 2017. 

Before that, Smith was a certified dietary manager, making diet plans and managing diets for nursing home patients.

“I love food service. I love the comfort that food brings to people,” said Smith.

Smith was a resident in Gravette, Ark., for 30 years before moving to Pineville, Mo. After moving to the area, Smith joined The Lodge Cafe near the end of 2014.

“It has always been my dream to have a cafe. I love making people happy with food,” said Smith. “If someone is having a bad day, give them a brownie.”

Plans for Cafe 59 are simple for Smith. Before it was The Lodge Cafe, it was the old Dairy Lane.

“My plan is to restore it to the old diner look and give it new life,” said Smith.

There will be no menu changes, no staff changes. The only change is the name and the theme.

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