PRIMGHAR—The coronavirus pandemic closed Baxterz Bar & Grill in Primghar last year after 14 years of operation, but owner Dianne Lingen was not quite ready to stop serving customers.

“I enjoyed the summer off with my grandkids and family, and then decided, ‘Well, it’s time to go back to work.’”

Lingen reopened the downtown Primghar business as Boots’ Barn, a cafe and decor store, on Dec. 1. The store's name comes from Lingen's nickname, "Boots."

Located at the same address as Baxterz — 135 S. Green Ave. — Boots’ Barn offers an array of coffee drinks as well as homemade pastries and breads. It also serves daily lunch specials and has vacuum-sealed soups available to-go.

The coffee includes hot and cold options, the latter of which Lingen said remain popular in the winter despite the cold.

“Even these ice-cold days, if they drink frappés that’s what they come in and order in the morning,” Lingen said.

She plans on adding smoothies in the summer to go with the warmer temperatures.

The lunch specials change each week, and Lingen usually posts the menu at the start of each week on the business’ Facebook page.

Recent lunch specials at Boots’ Barn have included:

  • Vegetable beef soup with croissants.
  • Hot beef with vegetables.
  • Taco salad.
  • Chili and cinnamon rolls.
  • Grilled chicken salad.
  • Barbecue pork calzones.

Along the walls of the space are various craft and decor items available for purchase as well as flower arrangements Lingen gets from Broadway Market Place in Paullina.

Lingen creates the wooden items herself, doing some of the work at home then finishing the products in a workshop at Boots’ Barn.

“I still have all 10 fingers and all 10 toes,” she joked.

Lingen said quite a few of her previous Baxterz customers have come into Boots’ Barn since its opening and noted the surprise some of them have had on the new look.

“It’s still totally amazing how people walk in the door and go, ‘When did you do this?’” she said.

This story was first published in the Feb. 20, 2021, print edition of The South O'Brien Sun.