Using words of encouragement she often heard from her grandmother, “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can do anything.”

Diana Bergman said that when they decided to open their restaurant, The Mustard Seed, she had faith the size of a mustard seed that it would be successful.

After they each retired Diana and John Bergman wanted to open a family-friendly place in Leesville where people could get a good southern home-cooked meal.

When Diana retired from Walmart she took a severance package and made her first investment toward making that a reality. She bought a smoker and started smoking various types of meats. Then they found an old 7-11 convenience store and renovated it into a restaurant.

That was eight years ago and the Mustard Seed is still going strong.

Robin Stewart of Anacoco has been coming to The Mustard Seed for years and said “it’s just like eating at grandma’s table. The food is made fresh and it tastes delicious.”

Diana said on the days they are open they start at 8 AM peeling potatoes and preparing the meats and vegetables for the day. They do not reuse food the next day because they pride themselves on good fresh food.

The restaurant currently seats about 80 people and they provide catering service for up to 500 people, as far as Lake Charles.

They offer daily specials too. On Tuesday the special is hamburger steak. Wednesday it’s fried or BBQ chicken. Thursday is a choice of meatloaf or brisket stuffed potatoes and on Friday the special is beef tips with gravy and rice.

The Mustard Seed is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11AM-3PM, Friday 11AM-8PM and Saturday 3PM-8PM.

Diana is on hand during business hours running the restaurant while John, who retired from the Army, is working on Fort Polk.