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Sample homemade bread pudding with caramel sauce

By Carol Stender

Date Modified: 09/22/2009 11:23 AM

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Main Street Coffee Co.

Location: 604 Main Street South, Sauk Centre, Minn. on Highway 71 which runs through the city.

Hours: Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Known for: Great coffee, delectable lunches and owner Pam Borgmann's own homemade bread pudding with warm caramel sauce and topped with whipped cream.

Call: (320) 351-8000

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. -- The specialty of Sauk Centre's Main Street Coffee Co. is obviously coffee and coffee drinks, but it serves up much more.

Pam Borgmann's menu also includes sandwiches, lunch specials, muffins and more.

A customer favorite is Pam's bread pudding. The dessert started with a recipe from Arizona, said Pam. She tweaked the spices until she developed the moist dish that's become popular.

"I probably changed it so much, it might not resemble the original recipe," she said.

The bread pudding is topped with caramel sauce and a dollop of whipped cream.

Main Street Coffee Co. is also known for its breakfast bagel with Asiago cheese, egg and Canadian bacon served with fruit and a muffin, she said.

A lunch menu is offered featuring pulled pork and beef sandwiches; a toasted sandwich of rye with spinach, artichoke spread, pesto, turkey, sliced tomato and provolone cheese; and chicken salad and egg salad sandwiches all served with chips. Veggie lasagna, quiche and shepherd's pie are other choices. Prices for the lunch menu range from $5.25 to $6.50 and some combination meals are offered at $7.50.

Finding the coffee shop is easy. It's located on Sauk Centre's Main Street, which is also U.S. Highway 71. The business is actually a house that the couple converted for their coffee venture.

It was Pam's dream to use a house for the coffee shop when the two moved to Sauk Centre. Her first location, however, was behind a Main Street business. When a house came up for sale on Main Street, they bought it. They added a kitchen and sunroom, placed tables and chairs throughout the main floor and decorated it using many of Pam's antiques.

Main Street Coffee Co. offers seating in the house plus patio and garden. Gift items and antiques are also for sale. Pam and her husband, Mike, are Sauk Centre natives. After Pam completed nursing courses, they moved to the Twin Cities where the two worked and raised a son and daughter. Then Mike lost his job and Pam's father became ill and needed care, she said. They considered moving back home. They knew there were homes to purchase and they could be closer to family.

"Always out of bad things come good things," Pam said. "You have to wait for it. That's just what we've been doing."

The two loved visiting coffee shops in the Twin Cities where they could relax over a cup of coffee and play cribbage. When they moved to Sauk Centre, the two wanted to recreate that experience.

There's more to the coffee shop concept than coffee, she said.

"For me, it's about creating relationships and community," Pam said. "We have lost a sense of community in a lot of ways and this is one way to get it back."

-- Carol Stender

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