Former restaurant owners plan new eatery
The former owners of the Ice Cream Parlor and Grill missed the business so much that they plan to open another restaurant in downtown Tonganoxie.
Jesse Smith plans to open the L'il Mom and Pop Shop restaurant in early March at 628 E. Fourth. The new restaurant will feature essentially the same menu as the Smiths served at the ice cream parlor.
"It's kind of limited seating, but we're counting on the carryout business," Smith said, adding that capacity will be about 20. "That was a pretty good piece of our business anyway. We're going to try to accommodate just as many as we can."
Smith said the new restaurant, in the former Tin Man building, will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
"That may fluctuate once we get open," he said.
Last January, Smith cited increased competition and difficulty in finding workers for the reasons he closed his 10-year-old restaurant at 104 W. Second.
"We're on a little smaller scale here," Smith said.
He will depend on his family his wife, his daughter and future son-in-law.
"This is a family-run business," he said. "We're not a franchise. My daughter and I missed it. I've missed it since we went out. We missed the people and the business end of it. It's always a challenge. I just decided we were going to give it another run."
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