May 28, 2011 by wcobserver
New Hangout for Teens
By Susan McCarthy
WEST FORK – Shrimp baskets, funnel cakes, cappuccinos, ice cream and even a little karaoke will be part of the offerings at two new places to eat in West Fork. Both “That Place” and “Lobo’s Deli Dog” will be opened in coming weeks by established business owners wanting to delve into something new.
Many people haven’t met Rhonda and Tim Glenn of West Fork because they operate a wholesale business along Centennial Avenue. But restaurants throughout the southern United States are familiar with their wholesale fried pie company, Letha’s Pies. The Glenn’s employ a number of local teens and decided to open a restaurant next door to their bakery that will cater to teens in the evenings.
“It will kind of give them an outlet so they don’t have to drive back into Fayetteville,” said Rhonda.
“They don’t have anything to do in this town,” added Tim.
“That Place” will be open from breakfast through dinner seven days a week and will offer up West Fork’s only cappuccino and espresso as well as donuts. They will also serve sub sandwiches, shrimp and chicken-strip baskets, hand-dipped ice cream and milkshakes. And Rhonda says they will, of course, offer Letha’s handmade fried pies.
Rhonda said they tried to create a menu that didn’t overlap with the offerings of existing restaurants in town.
The Glenns said their restaurant will add one full-time job and three part-time jobs. They’ve also reworked the space, adding new flooring, paint, equipment and tables. Rhonda says they plan to offer karaoke and hope that local youth will bring instruments for an open-mike night on weekends.
“We’re crazy,” joked Rhonda when asked what made them decide to open a restaurant while operating a busy wholesale bakery business.
“We hated to see this empty,” she said, referring to the space next to their bakery that has been empty since a barbecue restaurant closed last year.
The Glenns hope “That Place” will be open by June 1and will be located at 88 North Centennial Ave. in West Fork. The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Downtown Drive-In Food
If you’ve been curious about the concessions trailer that sprouted on the corner of McKnight and Main streets, then you’ll soon know it better as “Lobo’s Deli Dog.” It is owned by State Representative Justin Harris and his wife Marsha and will be operated by Marsha’s father, Loi Frederick, better known as “Lobo.” The Harris’s also own a preschool in West Fork, Growing God’s Kingdom.
“This is a trial run. We know we’ll be there for six months and we’ll see how it works out,” said Justin Harris referring to the permit that was recently granted by West Fork’s Planning Commission.
Harris said they plan to be open within a week and will serve drive-in type food including hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, chicken strips, soft-serve ice cream and snow cones. He said he plans to have at least two picnic tables so people can eat there if they want to.
“We want the best for West Fork and if it’s good for West Fork, we’ll just keep running it,” Harris said.