Tuesday, 23 July 2024



Historical Chickadee

On May 1st, 1991, the Chickadee Cottage opened the doors for guests to take a step back to homemade and leisurely. Donna Hawkins’s dream and passion of cooking and travels to England would create the Chickadee Cottage Tearoom and Restaurant. She strived for fresh and high quality food that would satisfy even the hungry man. Donna and Howard Hawkins operated their business for years, later selling the Chickadee to Ron and Joan Schimbeno, whom were employed by them at the time. The Schimbenos had operated and owned businesses before. Over the course of their 19 seasons of stewardship, they enhanced the Tearoom in to a Café, added WiFi, and expanded the menu while keeping the charm and quaintness of the establishment. The Chickadee continues to soar with the new owners Trent Tingblad and Laure’n Kann on July 1st, 2016. Trent’s passion for the culinary arts started at a young age, while working in a variety of locations from California to Minnesota. During which time, he learned new techniques and different styles of cooking. Laure’n has been employed at the Chickadee Cottage for over 14 seasons prior to purchasing it. She went to school at St. Catherine University where she studied elementary education while also being active in Student Life and Resident Life. Laure’n would return for the summers to work at the Chickadee. She enjoys the atmosphere with all the new and regular guests that visit each season. Trent and Laure’n plan to continue the long standing Chickadee traditions and make new ones with neighbors alike. 

Laure'n, Donna & Joan

Business Hours

Tues.- Sat. 8:00am -2:00pm
Sunday 9am-2pm

317 North Lakeshore Drive
Lake City, MN 55041

Curbside Pickup

Call 651-345-5155

Order from our menu and gift shop. 

Gift Shop

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