Last summer I travelled to Blomkest MN for an antique power show. Ever since I became interested in photography a few years ago, I try to maximize the new things I see. So I’ll take a slightly longer route sometimes to get somewhere if I have the time, just so I can pass through a town I haven’t been in before.
Lake Lillian a town of a little more than 200 people in Kandiyohi county MN was a couple miles off the direct route to Blomkest, but worth the visit. I stopped for lunch on my way back from West Central Antique Power Collectors Show that I had went to earlier in the morning. Like another blogger I know, I always enjoy finding a restaurant that features real cooking and not just items that come off of the food service truck.
The Food Garage is a remodeled Ford auto dealership.
“Dennis and Rachelle Jacobson renovated what had been Lake Lillian’s Ford Garage into a restaurant. The building’s location, in the heart of the town’s business district, was the mainstay for the William Johnson Motor Company. The firm operated from 1923-84.” (1)
The restaurant features plenty of seating for large and small groups of diners. The special on the day I stopped was a barbecue pork sandwich. It came as a slab of pork on a bun with some barbecue sauce and featured slaw and fries as sides. It was very good. The service was good. I was there about 11 am and it was really starting to get busy when I left at 11:45. If you are traveling on MN 7 through the west central part of the state, it’s worth the stop.
I shot some other photos of the town on as I was leaving.
I did not know the fate that awaited the liquor store when I was there that day in June.
Just three months later, almost to the day, the liquor store would burn. I didn’t know that until I happened to be driving through Lake Lillian in February of this year and took a drive down main street and saw the fire damaged liquor store. I was hoping no on was injured because I remembered before when I was there that it was apparent people lived above the business. A quick search on the internet revealed the following snippet.
LAKE LILLIAN — The Sept. 23 fire that extensively damaged the K&M Liquor building in downtown Lake Lillian has been ruled an arson fire by the State Fire Marshal and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office.
I found no indication of any injuries sustained in the fire, so hopefully there were none.