Earl and Agnes Lambert opened Lambert’s Café in 1942 on South Main Street in Sikeston. With only eight tables and nine stools at the counter, the quaint cafe had a seating capacity of just 41.

Over the years the cafe became more than just a restaurant – it became a destination. Its “Throwed Rolls” phenomenon began in 1976 when the owners’ son Norm was handing out rolls. Diners complained they weren’t getting rolls quickly enough. Not thrown off a bit by the complaints, Norm began throwing rolls to customers. It was an efficient yet eccentric serving style. Thus the legend was born. 

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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