QUITMAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- Over the past couple of years, the city of Quitman has seen quite a bit of growth in its downtown district. In fact, one historic building has recently been renovated into a restaurant. Chefski's Restaurant is featured on County Road 11.
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This building in downtown Quitman has been around since 1890. It first served as a funeral hom,e but most remember it as the long time home of the J.K. Kirkland General Merchandise Store. About five years ago, Barbara Staszefski and her husband David bought the building and decided to transform it into a restaurant.
"It became available, and we bought it," said Barbara Staszefski, the co-owner. " It took us five years to restore it. It's got a little bit of us and a little bit of my mom and dad in it. All the older stuff and all the younger stuff is in here."
So after a five year labor of love, Chefski's opened a little over a month ago, and they've been dishing out great southern cuisine ever since.
It's so much different because it's family owned and operated establishment," said Ashley Whitaker, a waitress there. "Everybody treats you like family when you walk in the door. When I walk here in the morning, I've got my breakfast ready for me because I work breakfast, lunch and dinner shift. So, I'm here all day."
Chefski's features daily specials of a meat, two sides, bread and tea for $8. You can also indulge yourself on a salad bar or some homemade sweets.
"My mom makes homemade Hershey pie," said Staszefski. "She makes pecan pie and all kinds of stuff. We do cobbler every day with our daily special."
The restaurant is just the latest addition in what has been sort of a rebirth and revitalization of downtown Quitman.
"They've done a remarkable job," said Quitman Mayor Eddie Fulton. "It's really nice, and I love the people because they're our kind of people that live in Quitman."
"Yes, we're proud of Chefski's," said Fulton. "We're proud of what's happened with J.K. Kirkland's."
"We didn't want to do a lot of changing to it. We wanted to make it our own but we wanted to keep all the history stuff and everything."
Chefski's Restaurant in Quitman: the newest place in town located at one of the oldest and most historic spots.
Chefski's is located at 124 Main St. in downtown Quitman.
For more information, you can call (601) 557-5114, or visit their Facebook page at Chefski's.