Restaurant offering a welcoming space for veterans, the community
VILLA GROVE, Ill. (WCIA) — A business in Villa Grove is serving a hot breakfast and warming the hearts of the people who live there.
For owners of the Korner hive, it’s not just about eating well. This is good service.
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“We have experienced deployments together,” says Mary Hite. “Family crises, death, birth…”
Now they can add business owners to this list.
“I called Mary and told her we needed a place to have a good coffee and we should just open a coffee shop,” says Floyd-Jenkins.
This is how the Korner hive in Village Grove began. They opened in early July and there’s a lot on the menu.
“French toast for the kids, cream cheese bagels, fruit and yogurt parfaits,” says Hite.
“Now they have a place to get their iced coffee or mocha latte and they don’t have to drive to Mattoon or Champaign anymore,” says Floyd-Jenkins.
They not only serve food, but also a sense of place. They’re both veterans with family histories of service, so they know what it’s like to come back to where you grew up after spending time away.
“A lot of times when veterans come home or leave, you feel a little out of place, like you’re not used to civilian life,” says Hite.
“It’s a different structure. It’s another atmosphere. »
They wanted to provide a place where everyone felt welcome.
“When you’re around other veterans or things that remind you of your service, it can give you comfort,” says Hite.
“We wanted photos of all the local veterans and whenever people come in and we know they’re veterans or we find out they’re veterans, the first thing we tell them is that you owe us a photo,” Floyd-Jenkins said. .
They say the business is about giving back, doing what they know best, and serving the community. So far, activity on two reports has been strong. They have had a lot of customers and positive feedback.