McLouth restaurant plans move, expansion
A McLouth restaurant is moving next door with a new name, a larger menu and longer hours.
Karen and Bill Mikijanis who for five years have owned Hometown Foods, opened the Snack Shack at 307 S. Union more than two years ago. Starting next week, they will close the Snack Shack and next door, in the former American Legion building, they will open the Kozy Kitchen.
"We'll be serving the same menu for lunch as we had at the Snack Shack," said Karen Mikijanis. "But the evening meals on Tuesday through Saturday nights will be totally different."
Also, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, the restaurant will be open for brunch.
On weekdays the restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturdays, it will be operating from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Specials will be offered on various nights, Mikijanis said. These could include 22-ounce T-bone steaks, prime rib, steak and shrimp or a Mexican buffet.
Cecil Dawson, Oskaloosa, will be the cook at the new restaurant. Dawson, 65, and his wife, Millie, moved to Oskaloosa from Idaho this spring. In the 1970s they had lived in the Tonganoxie area and are longtime friends of the Karen and Bill Mikijanis.
Dawson said he's looking forward to opening the new restaurant, which has just been renovated. The dr includes paintings by Karen Mikijanis.
"Hopefully it will take off and go," Dawson said.
Dawson, who has been a meat cutter for 42 years, wants the restaurant to be known for its beef.
"We'll make this a family dining steakhouse," he said.