JONESVILLE — Have a craving for breakfast for dinner?
Millers Country Kitchen serves fresh, homemade southern breakfast food all day long. Located at 153 Jonesville, right next to the Day’s Inn, the restaurant opened on Dec. 2 and has become a popular breakfast place this year for Jonesville residents.
The restaurant’s all-day selection includes omelets, pancakes, french toasts and egg platters. The lunch menu has a Southern flare to it with pork chops, tenderloins, meatloaf and fried chicken. They also do chicken and dumplings once a week and a seafood night on Friday.
“Everything is fresh and cooked to order,” said owner and cook Sabrina Miller. “We try to keep prices reasonable and the portions large.”
Owners Sabrina and Terence Miller are from Gloucester, Virginia. After Terence Miller won a battle with cancer, the two decided to move down to North Carolina to open up their own restaurant. After looking at different sites, they found the location in Jonesville.
“We liked the nice little country area,” said Miller. “It seemed like it would be a good community and it’s also right off the interstate. It also resembles a lot where we’re from in Virgnia. The town has a lot of history and it’s a small community where everybody knows each other which is more where I wanted to be. When you get into those big cities you don’t get as many regulars as well as that one on one with people. The building also has that country cabin theme to it that stuck out to us.”
Sabrina Miller has been in the restaurant business before. She has managed businesses for more than 25 years and has worked in restaurants for 15 of that 25. This is the first restaurant the two have ever owned on her own.
“It’s really is no different because when you manage a restaurant, or any business for that matter, you manage it like your own,” said Miller. “This new business has been great because it allows us to work together. I do all the cooking myself as well as managing the inventory and Terence does pretty much everything else.”
“It’s no different than anything else,” said Terence Miller. “Customer service is your biggest key and you want to keep the customers happy so they will come back. You also have to maintain the health regulations, too, and that was new for me. I think a lot of it is all common sense.”
Business has been steady for the Millers so far and they are eager to see where it takes them next.
“We do compete with a lot of corporate companies but things have been working out well for us,” said Sabrina Miller. “We serve breakfast all day and we’re open later in the afternoon. A lot of people like to eat breakfast at night for dinner. We also do everything homemade. Currently we have two staff members on the team. The building is not that big, it only seats about 53 people and we’re the type of people who like to do a lot of the business ourselves. We’re here everyday from the time it opens to the time it closes.”
The restaurant is open everyday except Monday. The hours are Tues and Wed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thurs through Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sabrina hopes to expand the restaurant and the business in the future.
“My goal is to be able to open up more locations throughout the Carolina area,” said Sabrina. “I’m hoping that may happen within the next five years. It’s always been a goal of mine. Right now we’re focusing on establishing a name for ourselves. I’m real big when it comes to people. I’m a people person and I love being able to help and give back to the community. For us, at the end of the day, it’s about accomplishing something that you did for yourself. When you put in hard work, you get a good return.”
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.