"We Hope You Come Hungry, Leave Full, & Hopefully Have a Laugh or Two!"
Starting the Cafe
- On March 13, 1942, Earl and Agnes Lambert only had 14 cents to their name, so they borrowed $1,500 from a woman named Tish Jones.
- The small cafe opened on South Main Street in Sikeston Missouri.
- Because of World War II, the cafe went without meat for some days.
- Earl and Agnes worked 12-hour shifts just to keep the cafe open 24 hours a day.
- The cafe had 5 employees and a capacity of 41 people.
Running the Business
- On November 18, 1933, Agnes and Earl had a son named Norman.
- Earl Lambert passed away in 1976, leaving Agnes to run the business on her own.
- Agnes sold the cafe for one week until Norman bought it back.
- Norman and his wife Patti helped Agnes run the business.
- Everybody loved Norman, he would tell jokes and do magic tricks for customers.
- Norman made a policy that said "if you bring your own chair...you eat free!" which was mainly focused on disabled people in wheelchairs.
Upgrading to the Present Day
- The cafe only held 41 people but there would be up to 150 people in line waiting for a seat.
- On April 20, 1981, the owners decided that the cafe needed more seating space, so the cafe moved to East Malone Street in Sikeston, MO.
- In 1988, the business moved again, which is at the place it currently is now in Sikeston, MO.
- In March of 1994, Lambert's Cafe opened in Ozark, MO.
- In June of 1996, Lambert's Cafe opened in Foley, AL. (Norman had passed away before this happened)
- Agnes Lambert passed away in 2002.
Entrepreneurial Traits and Skills of Agnes Lambert
- Persistent: Although Agnes gave up on the business for a little bit, when Norman bought it back she went right back on track. She also handled the "no meat" situation during World War II.
- Restless: Agnes worked long hours to make sure her business would succeed.
- Goal-Oriented: Agnes set goals and pursued them.
- Responsible: Agnes borrowed $1,500 and paid every penny back to Tish Jones.
- Risk-Taking: Agnes took a risk just by opening a new business.
- Communication Skills
- Problem-Solving Skills
- Decision-Making Skills
- Organizing and Planning Skills
- Social Skills
- 15,900 gallons of milk are used each year. It takes around 17 cows to supply the daily milk Lambert's needs to cook and bake!
- Last year the cooks at Lambert's had to crack and cook 368,940 eggs!
- Lambert's cooked 253,980 lbs of chicken last year!
- Lambert's bakes around 520 dozen rolls per day, for a whopping total of 2,246,400 individual rolls!