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Palisades Café bought by mystery group


Chef Rachel Sauter at Palisades Café
Chef Rachel Sauter at Palisades Café

It was announced Sunday that Mount Vernon’s Palisades Café (117 First St. W.) has been purchased by an anonymous group of unnamed locals.

Via a press release:

A group of regular patrons who wish to remain anonymous have purchased the Palisades Café from former owner, Rachel Sauter.

“To the new owners, this restaurant is the heart of the community,” said Palisades Café general manager, Elizabeth Gibson. “And they want to preserve that heart for years to come.”

Gibson, who managed the Lincoln Café for many years before it became the Palisades Café in 2014, will continue to manage the restaurant. Gibson and head Chef Chris Henning are excited to announce new changes, many of which stemmed from regular patrons.

Palisades, which features dishes that highlight local ingredients, will offer an expanded menu and Sunday brunch service under Henning, who studied at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute.

A launch will be held for the restaurant’s new ownership on Thursday, Mar. 3 from 5 p.m–8 p.m. The “Small Plate, Big Taste” event will offer a six-course meal consisting of small plate versions of Henning’s favorite dishes.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Palisades was known as Lincoln Café & Wine Bar until it changed ownership in 2014. The restaurants have always been separate entities, but Palisades occupied the latter restaurant’s space after it moved. Lincoln Wine Bar (125 W. First St.) remains open in Mount Vernon.


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