Lambert’s Cafe celebrates 80 years of throwing rolls

SIKESTON, Mo. (KBSI) – Lambert’s Cafe in Sikeston celebrated 80 years of business on Friday, March 11.

The county cooking restaurant, “home of the throwed rolls” was presented with a Missouri House and Senate resolution by¬†Missouri House 148th District Representative Jamie Burger.

The cafe started business in 1942. Earl and Agnes Lambert borrowed $1500 and opened Lambert’s in a small building on South Main Street in Sikeston with five employees. It consisted of a nine stool counter and eight tables for a total seating capacity of 41 people. Lambert’s has been in five different locations in Sikeston. There are two others locations in Ozark, Mo. and Foley, Ala.

“Thank you to everybody to the long-term customers and to the long-term employees. There are people that were here before I was born and still work here today,” said Joseph Scott Lambert, great-grandson of founder Earl Lambert.

Around 600,000-800,000 people visit Lambert’s every year, according to Lambert.

One of those patrons is Janice King from Paris, Tenn. She was at Lambert’s Friday with her family celebrating her 82nd birthday.

“The abundance of food that they serve you and the passing around of the okra and all the extra things that they bring you besides the meal that we’ve ordered,” King said. “Everybody is so nice and friendly. They are just super.”

“A memory for my wife and I, our first date was here at Lambert’s 37-38 years ago and we’ve been married 35,” said A.C. James Jr. of Sikeston who grew up visiting Lambert’s.

The Lambert family is looking to possibly open a fourth Lambert’s location, but did not release where that might be.

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