Why would a cafe stay open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for over 55 years?
They lost the keys to the place.
Well, not exactly….When the Lange twin brothers remodeled their cafe in 1961 they dropped the keys in the cement outside the red entry door and vowed to never close!
I believe there are only 2 family operated cafes in Minnesota that are open 24/7 and Lange’s would be one of them. It must be a financial challenge to keep a cafe open 24/7 and I believe Lange’s manage that by serving a variety of food prepared to perfection.
My friend Chris and I just stumbled in there accidentally on our way from Vermillion, SD to Redwood Falls. There are not a lot of restaurants on Hwy 23 and their sign caught our eye.
Upon walking in the cafe, which was really quite full, I noticed that at least one out of three people were having Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches. I love Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches and have become a connoisseur in addition to making a pretty good Hot Roast Beef Sandwich myself. Naturally we ordered the Hot Roast Beef Sandwich which we learned was one of their signature dishes. It was AMAZING!!! There was just the right amount of everything and of course it was all made right there from the potatoes they peeled to the roast they cooked.
Another signature item is their Sour Cream Raisin Meringue Pie. I have to say I was really torn because all of their meringue pies — especially the lemon — seemed to be calling out to me.
I have to admit I am glad I do not live anywhere close to Lange’s because I would certainly be eating most of my meals there. If I am in the vicinity I will definitely go out of my way to eat at Lange’s and I will be looking for places to explore in that area just so I can stop in there to eat!
My followers know that I rarely recommend a restaurant and if I do, you know it has to be some place really, really special.