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Long time Indianapolis staple Kountry Kitchen reopens

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KOUNTRY KITCHEN
Posted at 6:14 PM, Oct 19, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS — A long time Indianapolis staple has now reopened.

After three years, Kountry Kitchen is serving customers inside its old location.

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In Jan. 2020, a fire destroyed Kountry Kitchen, and then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

“When you have a devastation like that, it just really drains you and you don’t know which way to turn or what to do,” Cynthia Wilson said. “We knew we wanted to come back but we didn’t know if we had the stamina, but we pulled it together and now here we are.”

Cynthia owns the restaurant with her husband Isaac. The Wilson’s received a $400,000 grant that helped with the rebuild.

“There were times the pandemic played a part because we couldn’t get parts and things like that, so it’s been a struggle, but it’s been a good struggle,” Cynthia said.

“Now with this great new atmosphere, the sky’s the limit,” employee Pat Vandoren said.

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Vandoren kept things running through take out and catering out of their temporary location over the last few years.

The Wilson’s were able to keep all their employees through the rebuild.

“It’s a great place to work,” Vandoren said.

The customers have also stayed loyal.

“The catfish, the chicken and the cabbage and corn. Shut the front door and lock the back,” said longtime customer Kim Outlaw.

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Outlaw says she still ordered while the brick-and-mortar location was closed but nothing beats being back inside.

"You can feel the love when you enter. You can feel the love in the food. It’s a good place to have good conversations and run into good people," Outlaw said.

Additionally, the Wilson’s added the 910 North Event Center, which can hold up to 300 people, and added new items to the menu.

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