Family cooking

A new family restaurant is truly a family-run restaurant.
Marie Havenga
Mar 24, 2013


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.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Now I'm hungry. This sounds good, we'll have to give them a try. Always great to see a new business in town! Wish the owners well.

Former Grandhavenite

I've always wondered why that particular location seems to be 'cursed' from a business standpoint. More restaurants have come and gone over the years than I can keep track of in that building.

Then it hit me- in all the time since the Grand Haven 9 and original restaurant (Big Boy?) opened, they've never made any serious effort to capitalize on their proximity. The theater will always draw some level of traffic, and it seems like there's a natural constituency of people who like both MOVIES and FOOD, and would pair them as an evening out for families, couples, etc. If this new owner is serious, they should closely match their hours to being open both before AND after the movies get done. Maybe give people a couple bucks off their bill, or a free dessert or something, with a movie ticket stub. Build a nice tree-lined walkway between the theater and restaurant to make it safer to walk across the parking lot between the two. It would be great to see a restaurant last longer than a couple years at this location, and I'm wishing them the best.

Former Grandhavenite

Actually just noticed this, "The family hopes to set up a partnership with the adjacent Grand Haven 9 movie theater for dinner-and-a-movie packages." Solid move.


I stay in the Grand Haven area all summer. The same person just commenting on Harbor Transit. Looking forward to another Family Restaurant in the Grand Haven area. I love the family eatery that is over in East Town (Stan's) and remember the eatery that used to be where Meijers now sits, (The Pau Pau Patch).


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