Our Story

our story and mission at Butter Bakery Cafe

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From owner Dan Swenson-Klatt

Butter Bakery Cafe prepares to celebrate 10 years at the end of December!  We are a neighborhood-based, family-run cafe serving the Kingfield and Lyndale Neighborhoods of southwest Minneapolis.  With head baker, Suzie Lillyblad, and a cast and crew of staff and regulars, we aim to create a community centered gathering place for people of all kinds and all ages.  Our partnership with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative connects us to the young adults living above us in Nicollet Square.  We serve as a worksite and mentors for these youth who have been homeless or are at risk of being homeless.  

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We have designed our business to be open, generous and welcoming.  We are connected to schools, churches, neighborhood organizations, non-profits, and theaters.  We support local musicians and artists, and actively seek to push a more environmentally friendly business model to all we work with.  We are blessed with great supporters, loyal customers, and hardworking volunteers who add to what we are able to do out of our small corner here on Nicollet and 37th. 

I started this with a bit of what my father left me - a set of 1950’s autographed baseball cards. I began with the love and encouragement of what my mother was able to give me before she died three years into this adventure. And I continue with the strong faith that my family, friends and neighbors are there with me even during the longest days and nights to remind me that this is indeed someplace unique and special.
— Dan Swenson-Klatt, owner

After 20 years in education, mostly working to inspire 13 and 14 year olds to love reading, writing and performing, Dan felt the urge to move into a whole new type of classroom - a storefront - where he could continue to share his stories, educate all who are curious, and be the facilitator and guide that allows his crew to develop their skills and find their gifts.  "My sisters and brother and I all shared a desire to bring great coffee and bakery in a space that was meant to serve its neighbors.  We have grown and adjusted and learned how find that sweet spot where what we do is what our neighbors want us to do." 


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Butter is a handmade kind of place.  We do it ourselves. We make things from scratch so that we know what goes into the products we serve and how they were made.  Our menu changes with the seasons, based on the products available from local farmers and food makers. 

Just a coffee shop?  Nope.  It's butter.