From left, Kevin and Belinda Seutz, who already operate the Rusty Wagon, will take over ownership of the iconic Dutch Mothers restaurant in downtown Lynden from Debbie and Dave Black, effective Jan. 1, 2020. (Courtesy photo)

Blacks transfer ownership to another pair who know all about the restaurant realm 

LYNDEN — One successful Lynden restaurant kept Kevin and Belinda Seutz plenty busy, but acquiring one of the community’s best-known eateries was impossible to resist.

The Seutz couple reached an agreement to buy Dutch Mothers Family Restaurant in downtown Lynden from Dave and Debbie Black, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

The Seutzes have owned the 180-seat Rusty Wagon, located just north of Hinotes Corner at 6937 Hannegan Rd., since 2000. But Kevin’s lifelong connections to Dutch Mothers are quite interesting.

“We used to live right behind it,” said Seutz, who was born and raised in Lynden, recalling his childhood. “I’ve always wanted to do something in downtown Lynden.”

Dutch Mothers was opened in 1982 with approximately 300 seats at 405 Front St., and was acquired by the Blacks in 1996. They offer breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Their Dutch food and décor, accompanied by award-winning pies, made Dutch Mothers a favorite gathering place for local residents and tourists.

The restaurant was run by Debbie Black while Dave Black focused on Lynden Dutch Bakery until they sold it and then moved on to support their son Ross, who had launched Simple Box Storage Containers.

“We are elated to sell it to them,” Debbie Black said. “I wanted someone from the community with a heart and love for Lynden who gave back to the community and would do better and more than I did.

“I’ve been blessed beyond measure to serve the community for all these years and our family is looking forward to being a loyal patron to Kevin and Belinda.”

The new owners plan to make changes, although some will be done over time rather than immediately.

They are renaming the restaurant Rustlers’ Front Street Grill and will implement a western-themed décor, although Kevin Seutz added that it will be different from the Rusty Wagon.

They will add new menu items including street tacos, steaks and seafood while retaining pannekoeken (Dutch pancakes), schnitzel and the beloved pies that are so popular at Dutch Mothers. Also, all of the staff have been invited to continue working there.

Other changes when Rustlers’ Front Street Grill debuts in January include staying open seven days a week, expanding hours to serve dinner in addition to breakfast and lunch, and adding a lounge.

And Seutz said one early addition will be the return of the 20-foot-high illuminated star above the restaurant after it’s repaired, hopefully in time for Lynden’s Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 7.

“I want to be a blessing to the community,” he said.