It took four months of work to open the doors to Momma's Homestyle Cooking at 3308 Market St., and the work has paid off so far since the restaurant's doors opened on Saturday.
Owner Robert Brownell has been in the restaurant business his whole life, dating back to early years at his mother's establishment. He joined waitress Melonie Porter and cook/manager Cindy Snyder with the goal of opening a restaurant featuring home-cooked food and all-day breakfast in the heart of Oakwood.
"This is all homemade stuff, made-from-scratch homemade pies and everything like your momma cooked — that's why we called it Momma's Homestyle Cooking," he said.
Porter said business has been brisk so far. Snyder sold 20 of the hand-tenderized and breaded tenderloins on Monday and all of her homemade cakes and pies were sold — her specialties also include homemade cole slaw, fresh burgers and pot roast. The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. A couple visiting from Ames, Iowa dined there each of the first three days since the restaurant opened and they expressed their plans to return.
Brownell said he will be offering delivery service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and he joins his fellow crew members in their plans to be part of an enduring destination in Oakwood.
"We're hoping to be here to stay," he said.
Porter motioned toward Snyder and nodded.
"The way she cooks, they'll be," she said. "If anyone goes away from here hungry, it's their own fault, because the portions that she dishes up are healthy, and she's an excellent cook."
To learn more about Momma's Homestyle Cooking, visit them at 3308 Market St. or call 573-213-9288.