Timmy Lee opened the Lee’s Cafe on September 1, 1970. Dinners served cost $1.00 and the Cafe was open on Sunday’s, sometimes serving as many as 100 customers on Sunday morning. The Cafe is still open early each week day morning and closes at 9 am. Some breakfast orders are taken, but mostly, the community gathers at the cafe for coffee and visiting. Marylyn and Lyle Wenzl and Lynn Schafer help some with the serving of meals. Guest from as far away as Pennsylvania, Florida, South Dakota and California visit their family and friends and stop by the cafe for breakfast and or coffee on occasion. The Vermillion Community Club still has it’s monthly meeting at the Cafe with supper being served by Timmy. Timmy is the Secretary of the Club.
Friends of Rosalie (Timmy) Lee surprised Timmy by hosting a coffee cake and coffee celebration honoring the 45th Anniversary of Lee’s Cafe.
Flowers were sent by the First Heritage Bank of Vermilion and Dale Shirley in honor of the celebration. A framed collage of pictures and write ups of past interviews from local newspapers was presented to Timmy.
All of the friends in Vermillion appreciate the effort Timmy has made in keeping the cafe open to the public all of these years.