About 8 years ago, cousins Suzanne Ziebarth and Cindy Finsaas had a wild idea of starting a restaurant. Suzanne remembers, “On a whim, Cindy decided she wanted to do something in the restaurant business again… and I thought, why not?” Even though Cindy had restaurant experience as a previous owner of Lulu Beans Coffee Shop in Willmar, owning a restaurant was not something that Suzanne had on her radar at the time. But she was open to a new adventure, “It’s hard work but we enjoy it. It is so rewarding to get positive feedback, which we appreciate.”
Middle Fork Cafe has a small-town feel with grown-up flare…
Middle Fork Cafe first opened in New London in 2013, and later in Willmar in 2018. Suzanne and Cindy are both natives to the Willmar and New London area so making this area home to their business came naturally. Today, Cindy spends most of her time at the New London cafe, while Suzanne took on the Willmar restaurant after it opened. Although the two restaurants have the same owners and names, the environment, menus, and offerings are a little bit different.
Middle Fork Cafe has some unique and appealing lunches that we love. Instead of offering any deep-fried food, they showcase healthy, unique items with ingredients that are unusual. Suzanne lived overseas for a few years and likes to include some European influences on the menu at Middle Fork Cafe. “We take a look at what types of foods are trending in other places around the country, and make a Middle Fork Cafe version to bring to the Willmar area.”
“We take a look at what types of foods are trending in other places around the country, and make a Middle Fork Cafe version to bring to the Willmar area.”
Many Ways to Enjoy Middle Fork Cafe
- The New London Middle Fork Cafe is a sit-down restaurant with servers. They also offer catering for events such as weddings, graduations, and showers. It is located in downtown New London, MN at 34 Main St South and can be reached at (320) 354-2124. You can also check out Middle Fork Cafe New London on Facebook.
- The Willmar Middle Fork Cafe is more cafe-style where orders are placed at the counter. The Willmar location also has a convenient drive-thru. Another unique aspect of the Willmar cafe is the Flyleaf BookShop (owned by a friend of Suzanne’s) which is located inside the cafe. Flyleaf Book Shop has gently used books for sale for all types of readers. Suzanne noted, “Having Flyleaf here inside the Middle Fork is a win-win. Sometimes people stop in for a book and stay for coffee… Others may stop in for lunch and bring the perfect book home!” The Middle Fork Cafe is located at 309 Lakeland Avenue in Willmar and can be reached at (320) 262-5171. You can also check out Middle Fork Cafe Willmar on Facebook.
- Drive-thru (Willmar only) Pickup, or Curbside: Due to Coronavirus, simply call ahead to order at and then pick up your selection via drive-thru (Willmar only) Pickup, or Curbside.
Willmar Area Businesses Working Together
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