WILLIAMSBURG -- Several new restaurants are expected to open in Williamsburg this fall and one of those opened their doors to customers on Tuesday.
Community members and tourists alike can get their fill of home cooked meals when they dine at Ma & Pa's Country Cooking located in the former Sizzlin' Hot Bar and Grill inside the Cumberland Regional Mall.
Ma & Pa's owner Steve Klug was busy cashing out patrons on Tuesday when the Times-Tribune stopped by, but took some time to share about his new venture.
Klug has been in the restaurant business about all his life. Klug, who is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, ran a pizza place in Indiana. He has been in the Tri-County for approximately 15 years and currently resides in Flat Lick.
Tuesday marked the first official day the restaurant was open to the public, however Monday evening a soft opening was held for city officials.
When asked why and how Klug settled on a business venture in Williamsburg, he said after taking a look at the facility he thought another investment in a restaurant would be a good idea.
"Everyone says there's nothing down here," he added.
Ma & Pa's Country Cooking will not serve alcoholic beverages of any kind and they have no plans on doing so in the future.
"I want it to be a family restaurant where people can bring their children," he said.
The area in the back of the restaurant that housed a bar for the previous owners will now be used as a party room for guests coming in with a large number or for birthday parties.
Klug said he originally wanted the restaurant to be named Pappy's Country Cooking but that name was already taken so that's how he ended up with Ma & Pa's.
Business began pouring in the doors at 11:15 a.m. and didn't let up much for Klug who added he may have to hire another server or two if it stays steady.
With two other local businesses in talking distance of the restaurant, Klug said as far as location, it's perfect. Much of his business on Tuesday was comprised of to-go orders from those businesses.
Klug said the restaurant is not on social media yet but is working on that and hopes to have a Facebook page soon.
Menu items include daily specials of chicken and dumplings, soup beans, meatloaf and lasagna, to name a few.
Current hours of operation are as follows: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. or if business is steady on Sundays, Klug said he'll stay open longer.