New Vilonia restaurant, What's For Dinner?, in the works

LINDA HICKS STAFF PHOTO Ready to break ground, Clint and Amy Tucker show plans for what their new restaurant What's For Dinner? will look like on the outside.

Rather than ponder their choices, Vilonia residents may soon know What’s For Dinner?

The Vilonia Planning Commission approved a site plan for a new restaurant, What’s For Dinner?, Thursday night with a couple of contingencies, including meeting street improvements and sign compliance.

Clint and Amy Tucker and her parents, Jerry and Tish Cartwright, appeared before the commission Thursday with a business plan. They said the land and house on Church Street, between the Vilonia Post Office and Pace Fitness Center, has been purchased and they plan to break ground soon for the restaurant.

“We are excited and the food is going to be good,” Clint told the commissioners. It will be fresh, homemade and from scratch, he said, and includes a pastry menu where you can purchase by the piece or the whole pie or cake. The Tuckers said they will rely on a pleasant dining experience to retain their customers.

“You are going to have good service,” Clint said. Their key is to treat every customer as if they are a part of the family, serving up delicious food at a reasonable price.

The Tucker and the Cartwright families all plan to be active in the restaurant. Amy will serve as the restaurant manager, and her dad, Jerry, will help on a daily basis. Both Clint and Tish will continue to work elsewhere and help when possible, Amy said.

According to the business plan, the restaurant will serve a cafeteria-style breakfast and lunch six days a week and dinner two days per week. They plan to be open from 6:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday. They will be closed on Sunday.

The restaurant will also offer meals to-go for those who want to take them home and reheat, 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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