LINDSBORG, KAN., June 7, 2019- Sodexo food services and Bethany College are pleased to announce Natalie Nelson has been selected as Operations Manager for “the Swedish Crown restaurant presented by Bethany College.”

Natalie has worked for Sodexo food services at Bethany College cafeteria for eight years. She started working as an evening cook and was eventually trained in every station in the kitchen. She has been the Administrative Assistant for the past five years, taking on more and more roles and getting the title of coordinator.

On April 17, 2019, Roy and Donice Applequist’s announced that they were gifting Lindsborg’s legendary downtown restaurant, The Swedish Crown, to the college. The restaurant, originally opened in 1966, will continue to operate as a Swedish-themed establishment serving local residents and visitors to “Little Sweden, USA.” Donice Applequist shared, “For many Kansans, Lindsborg is a favorite small town, and that’s certainly true for Roy and me.” Mrs. Applequist continued, “We thank everyone in Lindsborg who has come to eat at The Swedish Crown over the many years it’s been a fixture here on Main Street. You can appreciate knowing that now, when you eat at the Crown, you are not only getting good food, but you are also supporting Bethany College.”

Nelson stated, “As a lifelong resident of Lindsborg, I look forward to sharing my passion for my town, Bethany College, and my heritage, with everyone who comes into The Swedish Crown. I love that Lindsborg has such a respect for our heritage, but also loves to invent new and fun ways to bring the community together. I am excited about the challenge of introducing tourists to a ‘taste of Sweden’ while also giving the locals another space where they can relax and enjoy time with family and friends.”

Nelson will continue to report to Kevin McCoy, Sodexo General Manager. McCoy will continue to oversee and spend much of his time at the dining hall on Bethany’s campus.

In her free time, Natalie is a member of the Lindsborg Folkdanslag and Bethany Oratorio Society. She also volunteers as an assistant dance instructor for the Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers and Broadway RFD.

“Bethany students will have more dining options than ever before. And, they will enjoy the opportunity to spend time with Bethany College alumni and friends who own and operate other great businesses downtown,” President Will Jones said.

A Swedish SmorgasbÖard will be offered Friday, June 14, from 5 to 8 PM and Saturday, June 15, from 11 AM to 2 PM. For more information, call (785) 227-8422.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning, and service. Bethany connects its past, present, and future with distinctive initiatives like Swedes to Sweden, a free service-learning trip for the sophomore class to Sweden, and the Good Life Scholarship, presenting all local high school graduates with a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the college. Bethany College is on the Web at and is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the fine arts and crafts capital of the state.