LV Recommends: Sing-A-Long Bar & Grill

The Sing-A-Long Bar is a comfort food pub at the crossing of Highway 1 and Mount Vernon’s main street. A 1910 player piano is the first thing you see when you walk in. On busy evenings, pub-goers gather around the piano as rolls of paper dotted with little holes tell the piano what notes to play. Patrons can pick a roll from the shelf […]

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LV Recommends: Big’s Iowa Style BBQ & Brew Pub

Mount Vernon has a little-known gem of a restaurant, tucked just down the hill from Main Street: Big’s BBQ (124 2nd Ave NW). From the street, this stately manor would pass for a Cornell professor’s home. But inside waits a tidy little restaurant and brewery serving big flavor. Big’s delivers a surprising variety of delicious […]

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Chalk the Walk festival will celebrate Cinco de Mayo by covering Mount Vernon with chalk art

Mount Vernon is embracing street art — at least the kind drawn in chalk. The city’s 13th annual Chalk the Walk festival will see 500-plus artists turn more than half a ton of chalk into temporary sidewalk art, spanning roughly three city blocks. […]

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A droll stroll: Mount Vernon celebrates its chocolatiers for the seventh year

Mt Vernon Chocolate Stroll

Seventh Annual Chocolate Stroll First St., Mount Vernon — Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. The seventh annual Chocolate Stroll, sponsored by the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group, once again celebrates chocolate, its makers and those who love it. The event runs from 10 a.m.–4 p.m on Saturday, June 4 in downtown Mount Vernon. In […]

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Palisades Café bought by mystery group

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 […]

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As the Lincoln Cafe shuts down, a new restaurateur steps in

Rachel Sauter

When Matt Steigerwald decided to close the Lincoln Cafe, Mount Vernon native Rachel Sauter took the opportunity to pursue her own aspirations of owning a restaurant. Her close ties to the community and former jobs at area restaurants (including Augusta in Oxford and the Wine Bar in Mount Vernon), helped inform her decision to re-open […]

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