Three generations of the Robinson family opened Kathy's Country Kitchen last week in the former Big Boy location at the corner of Hayes Street and U.S. 31 in Grand Haven Township.
The Robinsons — Chuck and Kathy; their son, David; and their grandson, Ryan — serve country-style dinners such as chicken and dumplings, pot roast, pasties, wraps, seafood selections, and a full line of breakfast items.
It's not the first time the Robinsons cracked open a cookbook. Chuck operated restaurants in White Cloud and Reed City several decades ago.
“All my kids worked for me in the restaurants,” said Chuck, 73. “That's why my son wanted to do this with his son. He asked me if I'd help out.”
It's Ryan's first restaurant venture. He left factory work to join the family business.
“I love working in the back of the kitchen with my father,” said Ryan, 20. “We're closer when we do that.”
Chuck and Kathy live in Spring Lake. David still resides in White Cloud, but spends nights at his parents' home to avoid the daily commute.
The family hopes to set up a partnership with the adjacent Grand Haven 9 movie theater for dinner-and-a-movie packages.
“In the summertime, we want to have malts, ice cream and hamburgers,” Chuck said. “We are trying to attract senior citizens, everyday citizens and teenagers.”
Chuck has a burger named after him — a full-pounder with cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and four strips of bacon. The Kathy burger is a smaller version, topped with a special sauce.
Kathy's Country Kitchen is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
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