About

Our Story

On August 1, 2016, Vernon became the official owner of Luciano's. Vernon would begin planning and purchasing the longtime business. With Vernon's wine background, he knew they needed someone who had fine dining experience. Vernon conducted several interviews, but Chef Melis had both management and the back of house knowledge that would fill both voids. Once Chef Melis was hired, there was a decision that a name change would ultimately need to be made. The owners last name ended in "M" and Chef Melis having "M" in her name, the new name M's on 4th was born! M's on 4th is a vibrant restaurant, has a martini bar, a wine shop "M's Uncorked," and a cellar called "M's Underground." Each part of the business offers a unique experience, but one thing is consistant: great service, great food, great wine and great experience. 

Our Owner

 Vernon Meyer is a Siouxland native. Vernon grew up in Lytton, IA where he came to Sioux City to attend Morningside College in 1987. He has a passion for serving his community. He is a devoted family man, has served on boards of non-profits, and has a love for golf and camping. 

VERNON MEYER

I grew up in a town of just over 300 people called Lytton, IA. I earned my BS degree from Westmar University in 1993. I have spent most of my career in the non-profit sector, but was fortunate enough to be a wine and beverage director for HyVee for 8 years and worked in the hospitality industry when I was in college. I have always wanted to own my own business, but the opportunity and/or timing were not aligned. When I look at our leadership team of Chef Melis, and I, we have strengths that provide an amazing blend of knowledge.

I am excited to able to create a fantastic venue for the Siouxland community. We have a great staff, who have a desire to truly take care of our guests. It's truly a dream come true for me; and to be able to have Chef Melis as our GM only enhances that dream. My hope is that everyone who enters M's on 4th will feel valued and will experience a fun, relaxed atmosphere. When life becomes hectic and people are looking for a place to have a great dinner, a martini, or a glass of wine, I want M's on 4th to be at the top of the list!

I have been married for 23 years (Aileen), and have 3 daughters, Corinne, Paige, and Jenna. (That's alot of estrogen!) :)

Our General Manager

MELIS SPENCER

Melis Spencer earned a degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, before returning "home" to the midwest to begin building a career. Working for WR restaurant group, the management company overseeing Minerva's and Kahill's, led to working for several years as a Sous Chef. A move to Lincoln, Nebraska opened up a unique opportunity to pursue a position as Executive Pastry Chef at the Marriot, downtown Lincoln, and then Venue Restaurant and Lounge that opened in 2003. After several years of honing her skills at breads and desserts, the desire to learn additional dimensions of the food service and hospitality industry led to a food marketing position with Sysco Lincoln. While learning so much about procurement and marketing, she found herself longing to once again be a part of a restaurant management team, and at the same time, the plans for Eldon's fine dining concept were about to be put into action in late 2009. The beloved Eldon's restaurant closed in 2014, and she has since been an adjunct culinary instructor at Western Iowa Tech Community College, Executive Chef at Blue Mountain Smokehouse Grill in Orange City, IA, and Executive Chef at Briar Cliff University.

Melis is one of the founding and active members of the American Culinary Federation of Siouxland (ACF), along with other area chefs and culinarians, and continues to adjunct as an instructor as WITCC for the culinary program.

Melis brings her multi-faceted experience to M's on 4th to elevate and enhance the food and menu, but also the level of guest service and overall dining experience. Her passion for "from scratch" cooking, using natural, fresh foods, is the driving force in the kitchen, and her desire is to have every guest in the dining room feel like they have been welcomed to a friend's home for dinner.

She shares her life with her husband Scott and their three young sons. During family time together they enjoy activities like camping & hiking, attending community events, and building projects with Legos. Melis also has a love for art, music, singing, wine, and chocolate!


Hours

Tuesday to Thursday:
4pm to 9pm

Friday and Saturday:
4pm to 10pm

Connect

Phone: (712)258-5174
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