Family affair

Restaurant Lynde in Osseo a true family affair

4:10 p.m. | Tuesday, March 15, 2022

While breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, Lynde’s Restaurant in Osseo has been a go-to place for people who want to start their morning off right for 40 years.

“Ah great food. Love it,” Blanche Stenson of Osseo said. “We’ve never had a bad meal here yet.”

Thanks to generous portions of food, such as “the biggest pancake this side of the Mississippi” and a machine that makes freshly squeezed orange juice (aka “liquid gold”), it’s no surprise that Lynde’s restaurant continues to thrive after all these years. .

“What we do here at Lynde is feed them good quality food,” said owner/operator Mark Lynde. “Fast and efficient service with a smile, and fair prices. These three concepts have brought us to where we are today.

Mark Lynde owns this Osseo institution, which is the true definition of a family restaurant.

“People love a family restaurant,” he said. “The reason they love the family restaurant is that we care.”

Mark Lynde runs the restaurant with his wife, Cathy, and daughters Lexi, Josie and Kalista.

Mark’s parents started the business, and now his wife and three daughters help him run things.

“I started working here when I was 9,” said Lexi Lynde, Mark’s 18-year-old daughter, who now holds the title of general manager. “Yeah, the dishes in the back. I do all the posts here, but I love it here.

Even before Lexi was on the payroll, she and her sisters did commercials in 2009 to help promote the restaurant.

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The Lynde family in a 2009 advertisement.

Yet, while the publicity always helps, it’s the food and atmosphere that keeps people coming back.

“It’s great to always have a familiarity and when they come in and we already know their order and everything,” Lexi said.

This is the kind of service you can only find in a small town family restaurant.

“The family restaurant is where it’s at,” Mark said. “We are here every day, we make things from scratch. We do not open a box. If you make good food, people come back for it.

Lynde’s Restaurant is located at 209 County Road 81, Osseo, MN 55369.


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