Tuesday, February 18, 2020
The County Seat has new owners! On the left is Sopheak Phy aka Wa. On the right is Sakhann Douk aka Michelle.

County Seat gets new owners

The County Seat in Mantorville has new owners, as Michelle Douk and Wa Phy have bought the business.

The couple have taken over the longtime Mantorville business after owning the Chinh Express in Rochester for years until Aug.1. 

Going into owning the chineze restaurant, they had a goal of owning their own business that would allow them to own their own building as well within five years. 

As luck would have it after they sold their restaurant in Rochester and helped train the new owners, they worked with the person that helped them purchase their chineze restaurant. 

After looking at one restaurant that wouldn’t allow them to meet their goal of also owning a building, they made their way to Mantorville, and visited the County Seat. 

From there the rest is history. 

“We came and checked it out and fell in love with it,” Douk said. 

Although, they never had owned a breakfast restaurant before, Douk said that her and her husband have plenty of experience in the food industry. 

Douk explained that she started working at Dunkin Donuts at 16 before going to Mayo Clinic where she worked in the kitchen for 18 years, before switching to a different department. Her husband has also worked in the kitchen at Mayo for many years. 

“We have a lot of different experiences,” Douk said. “Whatever is thrown at us we are ready for it.”

Douk said that they are already getting to know the regulars there which makes her feel good that they made the right choice. 

“It makes me feel like I made the right decision,” she said. 

The new owners also explained that they won’t be making any major changes to the restraunt or how they operate. 

Douk explained that they will be keeping all the same hours, recipees and how they do things. 

“We want to let the people in the community know that things will be staying the same,” Douk said. “Hopefully that will bring some comfort to them.”

Douk said that down the line the only thing they do want to change is to add Sunday hours and more hours throughout the week, but that won’t be for at least six months, so they have time to get comfortable in their new business.

At the end of the day Douk said that she loves breakfast and coffee and is very much looking forward to the new challenges that are ahead of them.

“It's an exciting new thing but I am up for the challenge,” Douk said. “I take whatever God gives me.”

For more information about the new owners check out their County Seat Facebook page. 


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