New look, great tasteMen, take note: the busily flowered wallpaper is gone. Luke and Marita Klevgaard have taken over what was once the Cup 'n' Saucer, painted the walls, rechristened it the Northshore Cafe, and have guaranteed the same great sandwiches and to-die-for caramel rolls.
By: Monica Isley, Lake County News Chronicle
Men, take note: the busily flowered wallpaper is gone.
Luke and Marita Klevgaard have taken over what was once the Cup 'n' Saucer, painted the walls, rechristened it the Northshore Cafe, and have guaranteed the same great sandwiches and to-die-for caramel rolls.
Now, they hope, it won't be seen as just a frilly ladies-only tea room, but as a place where both halves of a couple can enjoy the taste of the North Shore.
The Klevgaards, who were married only this past December, came here from the Twin Cities—she to cook, he to bake--both of them to fulfill a dream of owning a restaurant. It's a far cry from what they once did.
"My background is in Homeland Security. I was a terrorism response planner for the state," Marita said. "Luke had a printing job."
Some things won't change at the refurbished eatery. Free wireless internet is still available, veggie nachos are still on the menu, along with the Swedish rye bread, the great caramel rolls and coffees, and the availability of high teas.
"We just had an American Girl tea party for a little girl," Marita said.
The tea room décor has changed, too, however. The walls are sans flowers, and the room has a Scandinavian theme, using some of Marita's Carl Larrson prints.
But they've also added hot sandwiches, including smoked turkey ciabatta and Aunt Edna's tuna melt. And Luke, who grew up on a farm, uses his 93-year-old mother's recipe to make Norwegian potato buns. He's a whiz with pies, too, according to Marita. Come summer, the outdoor patio will be remodeled so it's more apt to be used by those who like al fresco dining.
But, for those who can't make it to the cafe itself, the Klevgaards will deliver—within the city limits.
"We've had requests to take those caramel rolls to the Cities, but we won't be doing that," Marita said, smiling at the thought.
Adjacent to the cafe, the Klevgaards will soon open the gift store called Northshore Shoppe. It will carry gifts and tourist items with an up-north feel, and may include some new lines that Marita hasn't chosen yet.
It will also include a green room, with maternity and toddler clothes and toys, some new, some used on consignment. Marita said she conceived that idea when she discovered there was little or nothing of that sort of thing in Two Harbors.
"There's been a real good response to the idea so far," said Marita, who has already had calls about consignment items. She hopes to open that part of the business April 1.
The Northshore venture is open six days a week, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., but summer hours will be seven days, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.