Olde Towne Bistro features full menu seven days a week

Olde Towne Bistro features full menu seven days a week by M. Jill Sundstrom The Olde Towne Bistro is the newest addition to Vermillion�s downtown businesses.

The restaurant, in the former Emma�s Kitchen location, offers a full menu from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

�We opened on Feb. 14,� said owner Reid Boetel. �We�ve been very pleased with the reception.�

Boetel is assisted by Barry Strand in the operation of the Bistro. They had both been looking for an opportunity to open a restaurant in Vermillion and when Pegi Groundwater and Michael Moss decided to sell Emma�s, the time was right.

�I had looked at other opportunities and this one was perfect,� Boetel said.

The menu is varied, but specialties abound ? omelettes and eggs Benedict in the morning and Bistro Grinder sandwiches served on freshly baked bread for lunch.

�Our niche is seafood for the supper menu,� Strand said. �We have 10 items on the menu, plus a nightly pasta special with a featured wine.�

The supper menu also includes steak, as well as chicken fried steak cooked on the grill, and salads are available throughout the day.

Beverages include wine and beer and there�s also a kids� menu.

The sweet tooth is not forgotten, either. Patrons can enjoy cheesecake, �Death by Chocolate,� rice pudding, Nantucket cranberry pie and a host of other sweet treats prepared fresh daily by Verna Saito.

�She�s our secret weapon,� Boetel said. �Her desserts are out of this world.�

Boetel is an Alcester native. He operated a restaurant there for 13 years. He and Strand previously worked together at the Silver Dollar.

Strand, a Mitchell native, teaches at Western Iowa Tech and is working on his doctorate in adult higher education.

Together the men worked with the South Dakota Small Business Development Center in Sioux Falls to create their business plan for the Olde Towne Bistro.

�We have similar business philosophies and we were ready to do something different,� said Strand about the Bistro.

In the evening, classical music filters throughout the restaurant, offering a pleasant atmosphere for relaxed dining. Art displays will be featured every month, and as the weather warms up, patrons can enjoy their meals outdoors on the patio.

�We offer something for everyone,� Boetel said, �a place to come and relax to enjoy a fine meal with family and friends.�

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