Our History


A little about us

Our food is fresh and made to order at the Skillet Café in Uptown Mount Vernon. Open since June of '08, the café was something we had always hoped we could do. Fran love's to cook, create and eat! After 22 years in the automotive service business he decided it was time for a career change. So when this building became available, we started making plans and everything just kind of worked out. We originally planned the café as a two-person operation, but quickly realized the need for several part time staff. Fran did most of the cooking and operations until taking a full time position as Technical Director when our church expanded in 2014. A role that he had been volunteering for 3 years before. At that point Cherie took over full time operation of the restaurant and Fran provides support wherever needed. You may just catch him making a cameo cook appearance sometime! 

Specialties include made-to-order omelettes, pastas, potatoes and salads, as well as a variety of sandwiches and wraps. A full breakfast menu is served all day.  You could best describe us as something between a diner and a bistro or café. You order at the counter and can see your food being prepared in our open kitchen. This set up also allows you, the customer, to kind of "build it your own way” which we do with several items on the menu. It’s the interaction with you that we appreciate most. A lot of our menu items have been inspired by your special requests including many of our vegetarian selections. That's the fun of it, being able to create what you're looking for. We've been blessed with not only our local customers, but many from Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and nearby smaller communities. We're also amazed at how many repeat out-of-state customers we've had that travel the North South route on Hwy 1. We update the daily specials by mid-morning here on our website and you can also follow us on social media which you can get to from the footer of any of our pages. Our smoke-free restaurant seats 50, plus a few more on the back deck. We’re owner-operated, and enjoy being here to serve you. We didn't want to build this and not be involved or available for you. So if you ever have any comments or concerns for us please feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you!

Thanks for your business!

Fran & Cherie Guillaume