A new business called Kountry Kubbard opened two weeks ago at 2207 W. Douglas, and it has several identities.
The unusual new business is three things in one: a small cafe that serves sandwiches, salads and Mexican food; a boutique selling purses, jewelry and beauty items; and a farm stand offering tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, melons, eggplant, okra and more, all of which is pesticide-free.
The business is owned by CC Robertson and her friend Jean Kirkhart. Robertson also owns a farm stand that’s been operating for about five years in front of MK Consignment at 8542 W. Central. Robertson has owned several businesses over the years, including a bar and a cafe/catering company.
She’s also the sister of Nancy Parish, who owns Nancy’s A-Maize-N Sandwiches in Maize and who was a longtime employee of The Artichoke, whose Nancy’s No. 8 sandwich is named for her. Robertson also worked at The Artichoke with her sister, and the sandwiches at Kountry Kubbard are reminiscent of her sister’s and are even served on bread from Delano Bakery.
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The fresh produce is what makes the new business exciting, though. On Monday evening, Robertson was in the shop surrounded by piles and piles of ripe farm tomatoes, which she purchases from an Amish farm outside of Fredonia, she said. (She sells them for $2.50 a pound.) Robertson also has her own acreage in Burns, where she has 800 plants just about ready to produce fruit.
She also had zucchini and fresh green beans on the shelves on Monday and said she’s expecting the selection to grow exponentially as crops begin producing over the next few weeks. Eventually, she’ll have her own pickles and pickled beets as well as homemade jellies and jams.
The cafe menu includes BLTs made with fresh tomatoes, sandwiches made with corned beef, pastrami, ham, roast beef and turkey, hot links, bratwurst, burgers, nachos, burritos, enchiladas, deep-fried tacos, guacamole and more.
The business, which sits in a nondescript strip center on the south side of Douglas, doesn’t have a proper sign yet, so you might miss it when you drive by. Just look for the table of tomatoes set out in front.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The business is closed on weekends.
I wrote about the new business last week on my Dining With Denise blog. Originally, Robertson had named it Kountry Kubbard Kafe, but a few persistent online commenters pointed out that the acronym was less than ideal. To avoid offending anyone, Robertson said on Facebook, she officially dropped the word “Kafe” from the title.
For more information, call 316-941-9885 or 316-300-0909.