Carrie Rengers

Sweet Allie B’s catering to expand into a restaurant

Caterer Allie Tylski has had enough smaller orders with her Sweet Allie B’s to inspire her to open a restaurant.

She’s run her company out of 707 N. Waco for a couple of years. Before that, she helped her mother with her Wild Thyme Catering in Maize before taking it over.

Now, Tylski is opening a restaurant in the suite next to her catering company. She says the idea is “having people get to come to us instead of us going to them.”

Tylski says she found that as she tried to get a lot of big catering jobs out the door, she’d also have smaller orders for just a few people, and it was too much to keep up with. She says a restaurant should help with that.

“This way, those people can still get to enjoy our food.”

She’ll also continue catering.

“We definitely are not going to stop the catering.”

The restaurant’s name will be the same as the catering business. The B in the title partly stands for Tylski’s maiden name, Briceland, and partly for a sweet potato biscuit she’s known for and hopes to sell through grocery stores one day.

The 75-seat restaurant will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday initially. Tylski says it will be ready by mid-April – or earlier if she can swing it.

Tylski plans to serve a lot of the sandwiches she currently offers through catering along with salads, soups and daily special entrees, such as chicken pot pie and green chile enchiladas.

Ideally, she says much of what she offers at the restaurant will mirror her catering jobs for the day, but she knows that won’t always be possible.

“If it only worked that way, it would be simple.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers