Building on a storied legacy
LE MARS — As Timmy and Bonnie Rasmussen settle into retirement after over 30 years of serving the Le Mars community, another duo has stepped in to carry on their legacy, while creating their own.
Vernon Meyer and Dan Myers, owners of M’s on 4th and M’s Uncorked on Historic Fourth Street in Sioux City, acquired the assets of Timmy’s Catering July 25 and began M’s Catering.
“A few months ago, we decided to get involved in catering because we felt there was some good opportunity in the Sioux City area to do catering. We started the ball rolling and then we found out about Timmy’s,” Myers said. “The timing of it was just absolutely perfect where we could pick up right where Timmy’s left off.”
Meyer expanded on the duo’s desire to venture into the catering business.
“There are ebbs and flows in the restaurant business,” Meyer said. “We see the opportunity to provide another quality caterer in the communities around Siouxland.”
Meyer added Le Mars was the perfect fit for expansion.
“We’ve had quite a few people from Le Mars and the surrounding area already come in and dine at the restaurant. First and foremost our brand is already out there. We’re working with the chamber and the golf courses. We want to continue the relationships that Timmy and Bonnie had,” Meyer said. “I’ve known Tim and Bonnie for almost all of the 32 years they were in business. I lived in Le Mars for 14 years prior to moving to Sergeant Bluff, so I have a good sense of the community and know quite a few people.”
M’s moved into the space vacated by Timmy’s at 117 Central Ave. N.W., where chefs will work to blend Timmy’s favorites with M’s on 4th’s to create a brand new menu for M’s Catering.
“M’s on 4th has an outstanding menu. We’ve got a team of outstanding chefs and we think it will be a great marriage based on the tremendous reputation that Timmy’s had in Le Mars, and bringing some of our expertise in the food world,” Myers said.
Meyer explained what that expertise will be able to offer.
“We’’ll be able to offer all of our pastas, so if individuals want our pasta line as catering, whether it’s spaghetti or fettucini alfredo, they can have some of that,” Meyer said. “We can do steaks or wraps. There really isn’t any limit to what we can do. If they want a certain menu or theme, our chefs can develop the menu around the theme. It matters to us what people want. We take extreme care in everything we do, from food to service.”
Along with the diverse menu, Myers explained the M’s team can handle a variety of events.
“Anything from a small dinner party in a home to a banquet for 1,000 people, everything and anything in between,” Myers said.
He added while there may be a learning curve, M’s staff have an amazing blueprint to follow.
“We’re going to learn a lot from what Timmy’s did and what made them successful. We’re going to do all we can to maintain and build the relationships that Timmy’s had, and maybe even make some new ones,” Myers said. “We’re hoping we can pick up all the events they did, and expand because of our Sioux City location.”
M’s has already picked up the Floyd Valley Foundation Gala and the Friends of Gehlen Catholic Ball.
“We’re very pleased with how the transition went and now we’re off and running,” Meyer said. “We are excited about coming to Le Mars and surrounding communities, but one of our biggest challenges will be getting our name and menu to those who have used Timmy’s in the past.”
M’s Catering General Manager Melis Spencer will run the Le Mars operation, and to book a catering event, call 712-899-6795.
Though the business is in its infancy, Meyer knows if M’s can emulate the care and service that Timmy’s was known for, it will be a roaring success.
“Timmy and Bonnie, you just won’t find two better people. For as long as I’ve known them, they’ve had hearts of gold,” Meyer said. “We need to make sure we stay grounded, and understand that small communities are amazing communities, but you have to be embedded. That’s going to be at the forefront of everything that we do. That’s what Timmy and Bonnie did, they cared about Le Mars, and we will to.”